Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Is Lowering the Property Tax Rate Enough?

Regular correspondent OmaSteak said in a comment to yesterday's post that I had better have something to tout as a Douglas County Commissioner or I will be in trouble in my bid for re-election this fall. Below is the flyer I sent to Republican voters, the only ones who could vote for me in the primary. Consultants, sound off.

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The copy on the first one is hard to read. Here it is:

When I took office in 2005, Douglas County’s property tax rate was 26.8 cents per $100 of valuation. It’s now 24.5 cents. If your valuation did not go up, then your property tax bill from Douglas County went down. For a $100,000 home, that’s a drop from $268 to $245. If your valuation went up, then at least your property tax bill was 8.6% lower than it would have been without the rate reduction. Douglas County has been able to keep its budget in line with inflation despite unfunded federal and state mandates, increasing demands for social services, and increasing demands on the criminal justice system. I realize that our property tax system — the valuation of homes and the protest process for citizens — needs further reform. I hope you will give me the opportunity to continue that project.

1 comment:

OmaSteak said...

Let's see...you voted to end face-to-face property valuation protests and put no pressure on the Assessor to make public the exact calculations used to produce valuations. I've yet to see/read about you making a major push to have valuations adjusted to reflect declining residential property values. To top it all off, I haven't heard/read about your ideas for doing away with immoral property taxes. Keeping already bloated county budget increases to "inflation" also doesn't demonstrate superior leadership. If your reelection bid depends on votes from homeowners whose property valuations did not increase over the past four years, you're in a big heap of trouble.