Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Rural blight, Schools. . . Property Taxes in Pinal County, Arizona

I was almost ready to send my check to the county treasurer to cover my property taxes. Apparently, the statements they spent lots of money (taxpayer dollars) to print and mail are wrong. I shouldn’t be all that surprised. When was the last time anybody in government did anything right?

Between the widespread rural blight and that dragline across the road obscuring my beautiful mountain views with huge piles of dirt, I begin to wonder if my property is really worth anything. The banks aren’t lending and people aren’t buying because they have no jobs. Although my real estate portfolio might look good on paper, what good is it when there is no market?

Tax statements to be re-issued for Pinal County homeowners

Calling it a Treasurer’s worst nightmare might be a stretch but the Pinal County Treasurer is re-issuing tax bills for single-family homeowners.

“To calculate the tax bill, we gather data from many sources and feed it into formulas that result in the primary and secondary tax rates,” Treasurer Dodie Doolittle said. “Several legislative efforts and subsequent vetoes by the Governor affected the taxes for education. The reduction rate forwarded to us by the School Superintendent’s office resulted in a miscalculation of the state aid provided to homeowners for primary taxes.”

I noticed the word “reduction” in the article and I don’t for a single minute believe that my revised tax bill will be any less than the first one. The use of cleaver wording by government officials usually means the opposite of what they’re actually saying. Read the article very carefully. You’ll see what I mean.
Override looms as tax rates frustrate locals

Questions from concerned residents concerning tax rates have bombarded the offices of the various agencies in Maricopa and Pinal County since notices began appearing in area mailboxes last month.Of primary concern was why, for many, tax rates had gone up in the midst of plummeting home values and generally shrinking government budgets.

In Pinal County, there are four main agencies that have limits in how much they can tax: the county, the city, the school district and the community colleges.If the total tax rate of those four entities is more than 10 percent, the state covers any excess total above that 10 percent amount for owner occupied residential property.

I’m voting “NO!!!” on this override. In fact, I vote no on everything that potentially raises my cost of living. More taxes and more spending means more waste, corruption and mismanagement. It always does. We have been mislead by politicians and the media that the quality of education is somehow directly proportional to the amount of taxpayer money spent. This couldn’t be any further from the truth.

The ancient Greeks were highly educated and had little more than a place to sit while they engaged in their studies. They had no electricity, computers or paper. Look at the great accomplishments they achieved. They did it without huge sums of money.

The Maricopa Unified Schools have only been in session for barely two months and the students are already off on break. And there was the Labor Day weekend and all of those days where there were early dismissals. How much will they forget during that week off? Did they even learn anything to forget? Instead of learning, they are out shoplifting from Walmart and vandalizing people’s property. If you want them to learn, keep them in class for more than a couple of months. Don’t come crying to the taxpayer for more money when they fail.

If and when these kids grow up enough to make it to the workplace, what will they do when they discover that there are no early dismissals and their vacation is over a year away?

When these kids are pushing 30 years of age and are still unemployed and living with mommy & daddy, don’t even think about blaming anybody but the parents. It’s certainly not my fault. If I had it my way, school would be just like work. I remember not having a vacation in over two years. I worked mandatory overtime. Often, I wouldn’t get lunch until 30 minutes before clocking out after a 13 hour day. That’s the kind of reality children need to learn before they are dumped out into the cold angry world in hopes they will be able to fend for themselves.

The parents of these future hoodlums, thugnuts and prison inmates should also be compelled to become part of the solution. Parents need to lean on their kids and learn how to say “NO!” more often. They need to learn about “unpopular decisions”. There will be many of those in the real world. Clueless parents are the first people that cry, bitch and moan when their “little angels” screw up. Of course, it’s us taxpayers that pay for their lack of motivation and poor decision making in the long run.

If you can’t take care of children properly, don’t breed! Tie a knot in it or go find a knothole in a fence. I have no children in school and my education is paid for. I see no reason why I should be expected to pay for other people’s kids anyway. We should eliminate school taxes and make the parents pay tuition for their kids. If the money is coming directly out of the parents pockets, they might actually take a more active role in their children's education. They might even learn. Of course, parents will want what they pay for.

We are currently throwing money into a bottomless pit. As a result, nothing is gained. Remember that on your way to the voting booth.
Update: Like I anticipated, the amount of the bill has increased. Read the story below.

Pinal County makes error; property tax to increase

A calculation error by the Pinal County Treasurer’s Office will result in the reissuing of tax bills next week to homes across the county, and an increase in the amount paid out by all homeowners.

The error occurred when the treasurer mistakenly applied a state discount on the school district portions of both the primary and secondary property taxes; the state mandates the discount only be applied to the primary portion.

“After we let the control of public policy slip out of the hands of our people and into the hands of the media bosses, we began feeling impotent; we began feeling that we no longer had control over our lives or the lives of our children. And so we just sat back and became spectators. We let events take their course. We let the television raise our children and teach them their values. . .” --Dr. William L. Pierce

1 comment:

  1. I'll never forgive myself for moving to this God-forsaken state. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country and supposedly one of the most corrupt and even their state offices run better than they do in Arizona. This place is too hot, dusty, and full of rednecks, cowboys and meth addicts. What's to like? I've been here almost two years and haven't found anything yet. Even the casinos rip you off.