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  •  Yes (15+ / 0-)

    Property tax increases require an override.  It's the upper-middle-class versus the lower-middle class.

    Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set... -- Gandalf

    by dnta on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 01:47:27 PM PDT

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    •  Well my property taxes still keep going up (7+ / 0-)

      As a matter of fact, they voted for an increase and now it's retroactive to last year. So instead of our usual bill, the last quarter (and the one due on Monday) are nearly $1000 more than usual.
      And we get nothing for it. The streets are a mess of potholes and we have other issues. Plus, we have no kids in school.
      We're totally getting screwed.
      If you saw my mom's house, you wouldn't feel sorry for me, I'm sure. It's oceanfront. But it was bought by my dad back in the 50's when you could still get oceanfront pretty cheap.
      Now my mom is in a nursing home to the tune of $10,000 a month. So the money we might have had for taxes are going for her care.
      I don't mind taxes. They can do a lot of good. It sucks that they're trying to balance the budget on the workers. I'm sure there are enough rich people in Mass that could well afford an increase in taxes on income.
      As Democratic as we are, our state legislature sucks - corrupt as all get out.

      •  Oh, the state's screwing the localities like in NY (2+ / 0-)
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        Here in NY, property taxes keep going up because the state government keeps requiring the counties, towns, and cities to do things which the state government used to do, and not funding them.

        These are all things which USED to be funded out of the state income tax, but in order to keep the state income tax on the rich people low, they're forcing them all to be paid for by property taxes.

        Same thing happening in MA?

        Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

        by neroden on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 08:40:39 PM PDT

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      •  I moved here from Jersey. My sister-in-law lives (0+ / 0-)

        out in the sticks and pays almost thirty thousand a year in property taxes.  No lie.  When we moved here, we laughed out loud about how cheap the taxes were and we laughed at people who called it Taxachussetts.  
        I am grateful that I live in summer community where we have many summer only residents who live on the water and do not put their kids into our school system.  My kids are getting a great education with a very low teacher to student ratio.  I don't recall seeing a mandatory school budget cut in the 15 years I've lived here.  

        Live simply so that others may simply live.

        by Ann T Bush on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 06:54:17 AM PDT

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