Property taxes along with income taxes are the most immoral kind.
With property taxes, we are nothing but serfs to the state who never truly own property.
Its too bad it didn't pass, but I hope the effort will continue in North Dakota and around the nation.
"I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money." -Thomas Sowell
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“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
I have always resented how the state owns my property, if I don't pay tax on it they sieze it. Complete BS if you ask me. If a man can't own his land then he owns nothing. Freedom is an illusion.
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The government has to spend money that benefits your property. You get protection from crime, assistance from natural disasters, roads that connect up to you, infrastructure for utilities and many other services. Its certainly more equitable to require such costs be shouldered primarily by property owners rather than making other people pay to improve your land.
"The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."
-- Adam Smith
I don't support abolishing a tax that is designed to pay for services related to the protection and maintenance of my property and my family, which is what property taxes are largely used for.
If there is a surplus, return it to the citizens in the form of a proportional rebate.
"Hmmm...Can't decide if I want to watch "Four Houses" or give myself an Icy Hot pee hole enema..." - Blake Shelton
The property tax removal campaign was an older movement preceding the boom. This time around it just used the boom for justification. It would solve very little and would have created more havoc than it was worth and would end up harming more than making better, as the revenues would have to come through other directions that are neither gurqnteed to remain constant and could do more damage to our wallets than otherwise. Minnesota was bragging about the possibility of benefitting from North Dakota's possible move away from property taxes.
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