Cosima Krueger-Cunningham: Rethink tax lien auctions

Lincoln Miller’s op-ed in response to Steve Pomerance’s column about property tax exemptions for the Masala co-op raises questions about Boulder County’s property tax lien auction. If the BHC/BHA “authority” setup exists to help low-income residents find affordable housing, then what is the justification for the BoCo property tax lien auction which penalizes financially-distressed property owners for failing to pay property taxes?

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A version of this letter was originally published on boulderna.org as Tax-exempt co-ops and property tax increases.

Kay MacDonald: End affordable housing tax exemption

If our affordable-housing program in Boulder aims to provide workforce housing, then why is the burden of affordable housing’s property tax-exempt status being carried on the backs of the residential homeowner?

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Eric Burns: The escalating impact of property taxes on the middle class

The middle class is being squeezed out of Boulder. Growth in government spending, funded by rapid increases in property taxes, is a primary cause.  Increasing property valuations are fantastic for taxing entities, as they fund growth in government and government services.

As property taxes increase significantly faster than incomes, the tax burden on the middle class grows. Ultimately long time homeowners cannot afford the property taxes and must sell their homes, driving a migration of the middle class out of Boulder.

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Peggy Lynn Bashline: Property taxes should conform to incomes

Thank you, Molly Greacen (“Demand zero increase in property taxes,” Daily Camera Open Forum, Oct. 30). Not only should we demand zero increase, we should conform proportionately to our incomes. There are times in one’s life where the getting is good and there are times of lean to nothing. To issue a one-size-fits-all property taxation policy is not only obtuse in thought, it is greed in its highest form and its premise is devised by those powerful enough to accommodate.

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Molly Greacen: Demand zero increase in property taxes

Are you concerned about the skyrocketing increases in property tax? What about the flight of longtime residents from Boulder? Now is the time to act if you want to protest the county’s proposed 5.5 percent budget increase for 2017, affecting our property taxes.

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