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  •  I understand the process, but all I look at on the (8+ / 0-)

    bill is the bottom number; and how much did it go up since last time.

    I live in the highest taxed town in the highest taxed county in NYS, and my school taxes make me scream.  The reason the taxes are so high?  Real estate values are low.  Why are real estate values low?  Taxes are high!  Iy-yi-yi!

    I feel your pain!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:20:16 PM PST

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    •  Well, very rough estimate (6+ / 0-)

      is our property taxes are about 1.6¢ per dollar of market value.

      •  Mine are between 4 and 5 cents per dollar, (7+ / 0-)

        I lived in a nearby village, paid an additional layer of tax, but the amount was a much smaller % of the assessed value, even though the amount wasn't much more.

        NY now has instituted a 2% maximum increase on school taxes, per year, trying to get a handle on those.

        We do have services and roads which can meet high expectations, and I'm not complaining, I just want to be able to deduct what I pay for government services.  

        In that little village, they didn't include trash at all, and because there were at least 4 private services picking up, there was always trash out on every street.  

        Privatizing what should be govt. services is not an improvement in many ways.  If individuals are responsible for paying for their own trash, what happens to the trash if they don't pay?  

        And finally, back to snow, how can clearing the streets not be a tax-supported government function?? The government owns the streets!!

        If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

        by weck on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:34:16 PM PST

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        •  school bonds issue exploded here in cali (7+ / 0-)

          if you thought privatizing the road and trash can be a corrupt enterprise (trash has been a private monopoly here in santa barbara for a long time)see this article for a new form of How To Corrupt as applied to school bonds.

          someone's getting paid off here...look for it nearby..

          District OK’s $5 Million in New School Bonds
            There were lots of articles about it linking to a database in the LA Times article exposing it throughout california...10-20 TIMES the amount borrowed in interest...this was just an article I found in a norcal paper. There is much more of these

          At the heart of the controversy are Capital Appreciation Bonds, which allow districts to delay making payments for years, but have high interest rates.
          I used to live there near you...miss it a lot.

          This machine kills Fascists.

          by KenBee on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:54:35 PM PST

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