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No more taxes

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I am against more tax increases and, in particular, the bill proposed raising the conservation district’s maximum tax rate.

I, and other personal real estate property owners I have talked to, am not receiving personal income increases commensurate with the increase in our property or other taxes and fees.

One could argue, and in the past I have heard this already, that this increase only amounts to $50 a year on a $200,000 house or whatever. But if 10 of the taxing bodies all want the simple only $50 a year increase, that is an aggregate of $500.

I, and most real estate property taxpayers, am not getting $500 in income increases to pay for these taxes.

You’ve heard this before, but our real estate property values are declining, and our property taxes are increasing each year, because the individual taxing bodies keep raising their rates to make up the shortfall of income based on the reduced property values.

If and when our real estate property assessed values increase, are those taxing bodies going to reduce those rates they imposed? I think not.

Wonderful idea to preserve Camp Algonquin, but let donors fund the restoration, not taxpayers.

Once restored and presumably open to the public, charge an admission fee and let the users of the camp pay for the upkeep, not me and the taxpayers.

Glenn Majka


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