I repeat: Altogether, my 2010 taxes will go up between 9.4 % in the best case and 14.4% in the worse, depending on the budget discussions.
Is this fair? When property values have been plummeting for four years now?
When inflation is close to zero?
Can people hardly hit by this unending recession afford these increases?
Do I have actual proof of that? I do not follow these budgets and city commissioners' decisions and meetings so closely.
Our taxes are a main consideration when assessing our governors' work. It's not quite the same as a corporation, but very similar. We can and should exercise our judgment and make our voices heard.
It is done once every few years when voting for our commissioners.
As a realtor, I am severely affected by the impact of property taxes (as well as insurance, maintenance expenses), on people's ability to sustain their home-ownership. Foreign buyers often balk when confronted with the cost of maintaining a property in Florida.
No doubt that, unleashed as it seems to be, this is a leading factor in the real estate recession.