Whose Property Is It Anyway?

I’ve never understood how government gets by with taxing you several times for the same thing. After all, once tried in a court of law you can’t be tried again for the same crime. Why is it legal to pile on taxes even after something is purchased?

If you are industrious and frugal enough to own your own home, you never really own it. Don’t pay your property taxes and the government will jump in and take your home. Doubt it? There was a story just yesterday on Drudge about the feds gobbling up houses delinquent on property tax for as little as $44.

It’s a burden particularly on the elderly. They struggle to finally pay the last payment on a home but it doesn’t stop there. They still have property taxes. The only reason the government gets away with it is because so few people own their homes anymore so the cost is hidden. So property taxes are every politician’s favorite revenue source. In our last assessment here in Memphis many people were happy that their taxes didn’t go up. Hold your enthusiasm: it’s just a temporary stopping place. They’ll figure out a way to raise it the next time. If the economy’s bad, they need the money and hike it. If the economy’s good, they want more money and hike it. Either way we lose.

Mr. Midtown Republican observed, after paying about an extra $1,000 on our property tax this year (no improvements made, no upgrade in the neighborhood to justify this) that when we bought the house the cost of taxes equaled two house payments. Today it is six. How can that be fair?

Memphis has the highest property taxes in the state of Tennessee, but it’s not just a problem here. In Pennsylvania, one man had a tactic he used to express his disgust. The Lehighvalleylive reports:

Fed up with having to pay $7,143 in school taxes for a district his children don’t attend, a Forks Township man paid that portion of his tax bill last week in single dollar bills.

Robert Fernandes, a father of three, moved to Forks Township a year ago from Warren County, seeking lower property taxes for a larger home that could also house his elderly parents. Fernandes commutes to work as an IT manager for a company in Bedminster Township, N.J., while his wife home-schools the children, ages 7, 4 and 1.

Fernandes says he got a great deal on a short sale when he bought his home, but his annual property taxes total nearly $10,000. Reached by phone Tuesday, Fernandes said he doesn’t want to pay $7,143 in school taxes.

“We don’t even use the public system, yet I am being forced to pay all this money into a public school system,” he said. “I don’t think that’s really either fair or just or even ethical.

“It would be the equivalent if McDonald’s were to force vegetarians to pay for their cheeseburgers.”

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