Wharton School of Business posted an article/pod cast in August 2018 regarding “The Time Bomb Inside Public Pension Plans”. On the pod cast, Wharton’s Olivia Mitchell and Leora Friedberg of the University of Virginia discuss the $4.4 trillion public sector pension shortfall. The research is very clear that these Public Pension plans have been it trouble for years and the chickens are coming home to roost.
Category Archives: Property Taxes
Is Anyone actually watching or being held accountable for your Levy Tax Dollars.
Therefore every time you vote in favor of a Levy without demanding accountability, you are contributing to not only your – but others Self-Inflicted Eviction.
The purpose of this post is that simple deeper dive into the ‘Unaffordability” of Levies. It has taken a long time to bring this information to you since the details of it had to be more fully investigated and then written in more of a ‘White Paper’ format. Consider how long the list of the taxing authorities are as noted in “Part 3 of Self-imposed Eviction: Confusion – Good Intentions By Deception and Legislation”. The challenge for this writer has been to drill down on the Ohio Revised Code, the Ohio Administrative Code and the various bureaucratic entities rules, grants, strategies and policies.
Gulp! Where’s the Tylenol™ for the headache?
It is abundantly clear that many of the “unelected” Boards and bureaucrats of some nineteen taxing Subdivisions in Ohio have “ZERO Accountability” to the Citizens of the Counties. Why? Because no one is paying attention to them. Continue reading
Confusion – Good Intentions By Deception and Legislation
Here is Part 3 of Self-inflicted Eviction, which goes beyond the emotional voting aspects of increasing ones property taxes. The good intentions of those that see or perceive needs in society often get legislation passed that creates a taxing authority (sub-division). The majority of these Sub-divisions are most often unfunded – except by self-imposed taxation. This mean that the county may be required to have a certain taxing sub-division but that does not mean that the Citizens have to fund it.
Levies: The Hot Issue
The issue of Levies is HOT across the nation. We have received tax relief at the Federal level and yet the local level is making home ownership almost impossible. Most Citizens do not know they are virtually evicting themselves and those that are renters don’t care what happens to property owners. The Confusion is that most Citizens have no clear understanding of the various Boards, better know as taxing sub-divions, regarding responsibilities and accountability. This is most true about having any idea of how and why these entities exist legislatively or what their real budgetary needs are.
Part 4 of this series will get into a lot more detail about the sub-divisions. Just to be clear, the deception is in the way the confusion of the laws are written and how levies are presented by the sub-divisions. The good intentioned members of taxing authorities will always play on the emotions of the Citizenry. Most importantly they are culpable in taxing home owners into eviction to maintain their bureaucracy.
In this four part series we clearly understand by virtue of the efforts of the Liberator Network – Tax Working group that ALL Levies on any Ballot are Unaffordable and Unsustainable!
Read the full content of this reality in the pdf:
TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY?
The TEA Party is about its roots and definition being “Taxed Enough Already”! In many instances the various organizations across the US have had effect in the past impacting national, States and most important local entities. NOW is the time for Citizens to Re-Engage!
Across the States and in Ohio in particular, this week was sent out a Call to Action email that is full of information which brings citizens back into focus regarding “Local Issues” specifically Levies. The November ballot is ripe with levies that are not sustainable nor are they affordable. Many of the Citizens in this authors home county, Geauga County, were hit hard in the Primary cycle with Levies that in some cases will last for 30+ years. Longer than many of the aging population in the County will be live for.
This author, in May participated in the Liberator Network Conference. From that conference a nine-county N.E. Ohio working group has formed to focus on “Local Taxation and Taxing Authorities”.
Many of the Taxing Authorities, known as taxing Subdivisions, not only get state money as mandated in the Ohio Constitution but have the ability to tax the Citizens of the County. This is all done with your permission, by your vote on Levies.
When you look at the November Ballot – You better be asking if you can continue to afford the Multitude of Levies! The Tax Working Group has the Data that says YOU Cannot – You are TAX Enough Already!
Emotionalism can be deceptive
So don’t get all emotional about the Levies and let the proponents of the Levies get all mushy and emotional with you. We will be coming out with the Hard Facts soon and reality is that you should just start considering that:
1. Out of the Nine NE Ohio counties that submitted their taxing authorities data: Geauga is the highest taxed on property exceeding $2,000.00 per capita.
2. In the last ten years our taxes have gone up about 10%, while
3. Population growth has remained stagnant and,
4. Population Aging in the County for ages over 65 has increased by 28% and,
5. Incomes have dropped over 8% – And a whole lot more information forthcoming that clearly tells we Citizens that –
All the Levies are UN-affordable!