Property taxes relief needed before bonds

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2007

I am in a real quandary when considering how to vote on the school bonds on June 12. I believe the bonds will provide improvements to the new school and would like to vote for them.

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Nevertheless, my property taxes are already 23 percent of my retirement check. Knowing that the taxes will only continue to rise, I cannot vote in favor of this bond issue, nor will I be voting in favor of any other bond issues until there is significant relief from property taxes.

Perhaps it is time to consider a constitutional amendment regarding property taxes similar to California's Proposition 13 which "converted the existing market value-based property tax system to an acquisition value-based system." A summary can be found online at

Brita Shaw


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