Property taxes: You get what you pay for

Posted on October 16, 2009

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There’s a growing underswell of people complaining about their property taxes; referring to it as unwarranted or unjustified “rent” on a property they already own … well … the BANK already owns.
What these whiners seem to be conveniently overlooking – in their quest to find literally anything they can to blame on the current presidential administration – is what that “rent” through property taxes gets you.

Whine about your property tax the next time your house is on fire and the municipal fire department comes to put it out.

Whine about property tax the next time you need an ambulance or a paramedic.

Whine about your property tax the next time you drive on the paved roads in your neighborhood, or walk on your concrete sidewalks, or cross an intersection with vehicular and pedestrian traffic signals.

Whine about your property tax the next time you go looking for an address and need to know the name of the street you’re on.

Whine about your property tax the next time you see your street lights come on.

Whine about your property tax the next time you need the police.

Whine about your property tax the next time you flush your toilet, or take a shower, or run the dishwasher, or water your garden plants, or get a drink of water.

I agree that Americans are over-taxed. But some taxes actually deliver a great deal more than anyone is willing to admit or acknowledge.

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