Vote no more taxes, renewals, new or otherwise, for anything. Think about it, If City Council and Jane Brautigam, city manager, can find millions of dollars to squander on divorcing Xcel Energy, then they surely can find the money they need to run the city without more taxes. Oh, sure it is nice to put more money into schools and all kinds of programs for the homeless and low-income, but think about it just a moment. Every time you extract more taxes are you not making another person homeless, marginalizing yet another person? Case in point, the gentleman who lost his home, a trailer in a trailer park, because he couldn’t pay his property taxes. Do you remember the story in the Camera?
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?
A version of this letter was originally published on boulderna.org as Tax-exempt co-ops and property tax increases.
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?
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.
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.
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.
“We want them to start taking into consideration the impact that the property taxes have on the people who are paying them, especially long time residents who can’t necessarily afford these increases.” –Leora Frankel, Boulder resident.
Some residents in Boulder County, particularly within the city of Boulder are concerned about rising property taxes in the past year. Molly Greacen who has lived in the Melody-Catalpa neighborhood in North Boulder for 22 years has seen a dramatic rise in her taxes in the last 12 months.
Molly Greacen and Leora Frankel discuss the impact of rising property taxes on their neighborhood.