May 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
Abolishing the property tax is simple, but replacement is the hard part.
Tags: columns, Lloyd Omdahl, Opinion 4 Comments »
I agree that replacement will be challenging but doable. The evils of property tax make the challenge worth it.
1) Anytime the Government wants to get into my home without a warrant, I’m against. If you refuse entry, the assessors are ordered by the state to radically increase your assessment to get your attention. Any one else doing that to you it would be called extortion through coercion.
2) If you fix up your property, keep it painted, do some landscaping etc you get punished with higher taxes and at the same time your neighbor let’s his property go gets rewarded with lower taxes. I see this amendment as a beautify North Dakota amendment where people can improve their properties and even add on to them without getting socked with higher taxes. People in the trades will have more work, lumber yards will have more sales.
3) I won’t have to worry about losing my home because I can’t pay the property taxes. That’s security and comfort.
These are just 3 reasons that I believe the challenge is worthwhile. Most things in life that are worthwhile are not easy.
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ND has already set the stage for sky high income taxes along with sky high property taxes. Lloyd has spent most of his life living off of taxes, so he has never met one he didn’t like.
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Property taxes are a real pain at times. Yet, we demand things like a fire dept. police protection, good roads, good schools, and more. Where will that money come from? People will pay the same or more just to different departments.
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Alot of roads have gone down hill over the last few years and have gotten worse with no end in sight for them being repaired but to be replaced and for us home owners getting socked with specials cause the city did not maintain.
Also about the higher taxes all you need is to have an appraisal done and I know one company in fargo that comes always in under what your current taxes are.
Amazing how one company can be 15% lower then any other appraiser.
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