Today’s Guest Saturday post comes to us from Cheryl Pass of the My Tea Party Chronicle blog. You will be astounded at how far some local governments have gone to raise money. She originally published this essay on Thursday, September 27, 2012. [Due to a planned twelve hour power outage tomorrow, this Guest Saturday post is going up on Friday night.]
MEANINGLESS TAXES – FEEDING THE SOCIALIST BEAST
Hello Cheryl, I just read your Agenda 21 speech – impressive! We too live in North Carolina, in Mitchell County near the headwaters of the Catawba River and we are very concerned about Agenda 21 spin offs where we live. Lately there has been a tremendous influx of progressives into the county and they have been making their voices heard. We now have a View Tax which I am looking into so that we can petition a repeal.
David Bischoff, chairman of the Board of Selectman in Orford, is one of those people.
Bischoff owns a one-room cabin with no electricity, no running water, no phone service, and no driveway. In his case, the “view factor” led to a property valuation of over $200,000 by state property assessors. He will likely be billed $4,000 a year for property taxes on a cabin that cost only $9,000 to build.
Too bad, citizen. Because New Hampshire tax assessors have also discovered the “view factor,” the view TAX. Simply put, they take the normative property value and move the tax assessment way on up just because you have that view. Some towns now even have separate lines on the appraisal records for the view.
In one case reported by the Associated Press, “the view added $140,000 to [the] property’s underlying value of $22,900. The property owner’s taxes are thus expected “to jump from less than $500 last year to more than $3,000 this year.” That’s not an incremental tax increase. That assesses a subjective “view” at six times the value of the property, from one year to the next.
In 1696 the Government introduced the Window Tax – a property was taxed according to the number of windows it had. The tax, which was eventually repealed in 1851, was hugely unpopular.
To reduce their tax burden some would brick up their windows – we can still see this legacy today on some of the architecture from the period – and the origins of the term ‘Daylight Robbery’ are thought to originate from this tax.