Vote NO on November 9th to raise Property Tax

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TaxCollector

AOL

#1 Nov 3, 2013
Considering the mess that the feds have this Country in currently, we certainly don't need anyone on the local level to try to carve out a larger slice of the pie, do we? No, we don't.

Vote NO on Saturday, Nov. 9th, to raise the personal property tax (houses, vehicles, etc.) to "subsidize" the school board/system, etc.

The good people of WV and Kanawha County are taxed more than enuf. The domino effect spills over and affects everyone from property owners to landlords to tenants. Just the cost to rent a run-of-the-mill house in these parts is ridiculous. Averaging $1,500 to $2,000 per month - heck, it's cheaper to own. What most landlords opine about is that they are eaten up with taxes.

If anything, do away with some of these unnecessary evils - and you can start with the personal prop tax on vehicles.

Enuf already - NO MORE TAXES!!
shirley

Inez, KY

#2 Nov 3, 2013
Data shows that Kanawha County Schools finished with a $3,000,000.00 surplus. I thought they finished last year with a deficit.
no taxation

Charleston, WV

#3 Nov 3, 2013
I plan to vote NO. Now if Ron Deurring agrees to take a pay cut and eliminate all waste including overpaid administrative position, then I might give it a second thought. So basically what that means is I WILL BE VOTING NO.
Scout

Charleston, WV

#4 Nov 4, 2013
Some say the bottom line is they can't take another hit. The citizens are already paying THREE times to the school system,

"People out here are tired. We're over-burdened as it is with taxes and fees," says Charleston resident Wayne Crowder.

If the levy passes, it will cost the average homeowner 125 to $150 dollars a year. Money Crowder says he needs to keep. "We have to go to the grocery store. We have to go to the doctor. We're older and we have a lot of medical expenses."

If passed, tax rates in Kanawha County -- the state's largest -- would be about 15 percent higher than the state average
TaxCollector

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#5 Nov 5, 2013
Vote NO on Saturday.

Sources tell us that the personal property tax on houses and vehicles will escalate from 65% to 100%.

In other words, if you are currently paying $900.00 annually on your home tax, it will increase by an additional $450.00.

There is an enormous amount of waste in the school system from overpaying admin positions to stockpiled equipment (i.e. computers) to wasteful positions within the schools that are "tenure-generated" and totally unnecessary.

Losing that Title I Grant money may have caused this decision, but results from that program show little to no improvement in the school system. All it did was result in the elimination of seasoned professionals who had to step down in order for the system to accept the grant money. Wrong move!!

Tighten the belts. Otherwise, you are going to bankrupt Charleston and surrounding areas. WV is already a poverty-stricken state with only a population of 1.8 Million.

As far as the Library is concerned - The Charleston/Kanawha County Library is a landmark - a beautiful structure and it is ABSOLUTELY UNNECESSARY to build another one. It is also centrally located with access for students, business people, etc. LEAVE IT ALONE.

You want additional monies - then dip into the B&O Tax coming out of Southridge/Corridor G. Give "South Charleston" a call. Also, ANNEX and incorporate Cross Lanes into Charleston.

Wake up people!! Charleston jobs have been "outsourced" to out-of-town and out-of-county employees and although The City installed the City User Tax, you may have to find another way to generate income (if you even need it in the first place!)

Bringing in Cross Lanes is a superb idea!! It is too bad that Corridor G adversely affected downtown Charleston so, but we Charlestonians love our hometown, businesses, Malls (Kanawha City and Town Center), and other retailers.

We, the good people of Charleston, do our shopping and business here. We POUR back into the economy enuf already. Don't punish us just because we live here and work here.
TaxCollector

AOL

#6 Nov 5, 2013
And when it comes to voting again - for school board members...GET EDUCATED and listen to what they are saying.

Don't just vote for someone because they have been there forever or their name is familiar.

There is one individual currently serving on the board, Mr. Pete Thaw. He vehemently OPPOSES this new tax and KNOWS how damaging it will be for the local economy and residents.

Listen to the man. He has firsthand knowledge and insight into this situation. He is on the frontlines.

No one wants to be taxed more. Don't be deceived by the pretty little posters and then REGRET IT LATER when you receive the tax bill next July.

Hasn't anyone learned their lesson from the federal healthcare act fiasco? Wise up and make good decisions NOW so you don't pay for bad ones LATER!!

VOTE NO on passing this increased tax.

“Comfort the afflicted”

Since: May 13

Afflict the comfortable

#7 Nov 5, 2013
TaxCollector wrote:
Vote NO on Saturday.
Sources tell us that the personal property tax on houses and vehicles will escalate from 65% to 100%.
In other words, if you are currently paying $900.00 annually on your home tax, it will increase by an additional $450.00.
There is an enormous amount of waste in the school system from overpaying admin positions to stockpiled equipment (i.e. computers) to wasteful positions within the schools that are "tenure-generated" and totally unnecessary.
Losing that Title I Grant money may have caused this decision, but results from that program show little to no improvement in the school system. All it did was result in the elimination of seasoned professionals who had to step down in order for the system to accept the grant money. Wrong move!!
Tighten the belts. Otherwise, you are going to bankrupt Charleston and surrounding areas. WV is already a poverty-stricken state with only a population of 1.8 Million.
As far as the Library is concerned - The Charleston/Kanawha County Library is a landmark - a beautiful structure and it is ABSOLUTELY UNNECESSARY to build another one. It is also centrally located with access for students, business people, etc. LEAVE IT ALONE.
You want additional monies - then dip into the B&O Tax coming out of Southridge/Corridor G. Give "South Charleston" a call. Also, ANNEX and incorporate Cross Lanes into Charleston.
Wake up people!! Charleston jobs have been "outsourced" to out-of-town and out-of-county employees and although The City installed the City User Tax, you may have to find another way to generate income (if you even need it in the first place!)
Bringing in Cross Lanes is a superb idea!! It is too bad that Corridor G adversely affected downtown Charleston so, but we Charlestonians love our hometown, businesses, Malls (Kanawha City and Town Center), and other retailers.
We, the good people of Charleston, do our shopping and business here. We POUR back into the economy enuf already. Don't punish us just because we live here and work here.
Your math is as fuct up as your logic. A $450 increase on a $900 tax bill isn't 65 or 100 percent. It's 50. And your "AOL" location shows your age - you're old and hove NO CHILDREN in the school system. So you're going to come on here and lobby against those parents who do? Whether it passes or not is of no impact to me - I don't live in Kanawha County (I just work there). But it is so tiring to hear idiots bitch and moan about taxes that go to feed the hungry or educate children but nary a peep when it comes to the billions we give Exxon or the billions spent by the one percent to keep their tax rates below mine. Pick a fight worth winning. This isn't one. And stop lying about the increases. Nobody believes your bullshit when your lies aren't even accurate.
Holesome

AOL

#8 Nov 5, 2013
Stick to your anti-Bush rants and misquotes about the Iraq War baconist.

And since you don't live in Kanawha County and are NOT a property owner, then you need to keep your trap shut. You don't have a right to voice any opinion in this matter.

You just come into town and take away a job/income from a native Charlestonian who pays property taxes and supports the local economy and then tally-ho's yourself to your own community (with paycheck in hand).

Yes, Mr. Mayor, perhaps we need a secondary City User Fee - for those who are not Charleston/Kanawha County residents - and make this one smack their wallets!!
dude

Charleston, WV

#9 Nov 5, 2013
Amen. Taxed Enough Already. TEA Party
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Educated

Tampa, FL

#12 Nov 6, 2013
Vote No its not only your property but your personal as well cars boats. People need to stand up an stop this. It takes 5 mins an will save you a few hundred bucks. NOOOOOOO MORE TAXES
VOTE NO

United States

#13 Nov 6, 2013
this is dead on arrival no new taxs for people to hang out at library sufing internet...

get a job like me!!!!!!!!!
Boston tea party

Charleston, WV

#14 Nov 6, 2013
I will vote NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I am tired of the overpaid, top heavy administration on Elizabeth Street. When your child needs help they refuse to help. With the exception of Pete Thaw, I am sick to death of everyone on the BOE, especially Becky Jordan. The board needs to crack down and start cutting positions at 200 Elizabeth Street. If they do that, future levy's just might make it.

Since: Oct 08

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#15 Nov 6, 2013
VOTE NO wrote:
this is dead on arrival no new taxs for people to hang out at library sufing internet...

get a job like me!!!!!!!!!
I hope you are right but dont be shocked if it passes. These clowns are singing gloom and doom about "the children" and most times that is enough. I would check the " hell no" box if there was one. More money and continued lower test scores compared with the rest of the country. Whats wrong with this picture and anyway kids hardly go to school five days a week anymore. Its a day off here and there and when it is its always on a friday and or monday as to have a long weekend. Send your kids to private school if possible. The public schools are failures.
Holesome

AOL

#16 Nov 6, 2013
I agree with abba, boston, dude, and Vote No. It is always nice to be in company with good, intelligent folk.
Pete Thaw is right. This would be a disaster if it passed. No one is supporting it.
WCHS News has done a great job in their coverage of the wasted funds at the School Board on their "WASTE WATCH" segment - and that was only touching on all those computers/equipment warehoused OUTSIDE. These items can be refurbished, donated, sold, etc. Shame on the Board for being so wasteful. That is a sin!!
Now, as far as employees being OVERPAID - that is another wasteful vein in this act of robbery/thievery of the good citizens of Kanawha County.
It is a ruse and a deceitful act that they are promoting that it is "for the children". Don't be fooled. It's just another "robbing peter to pay paul" story. Gee, did they ever teach us that in school - or was that something the folks taught us or we learned at church?
Apparently, they are hell-bent on breaking the bank and the people's wallets. Sounds like greedy little paws dipping into the community cookie jar - a few too many times.
If this was a bunch of altruistic philanthropists who were truly concerned about "the children" and their education and the greater good for the community, then they would be focusing on tightening their belts and making some sacrifices.
Greed is contagious and the love of money is the root of all evil. Perhaps we should be teaching that in our schools (and sending some people back to the classroom to learn that important lesson).
Vote NO

Charleston, WV

#17 Nov 6, 2013
Vote NO to more tax increases
kanawha resident

Charleston, WV

#18 Nov 6, 2013
People just can't afford another tax increase!!! Im voting NO....
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Voter-No

Charleston, WV

#20 Nov 7, 2013
I have a child in KCS and I will be voting no. Besides the fact that KCS had a surplus, we all ready have to pay a $2 a week fee to work in Charleston, and now we have an additional .5% per dollar sales tax for the city of Charleston. When will it stop? If we keep giving, they'll keep taking!
Sports fan

Charleston, WV

#21 Nov 7, 2013
My understanding is most of the funds are going to be used to pay fees for kids that want to play sports. So, I'm going to pay extra taxes because you and your child choose for them to play a sport? Don't get me wrong I love watching sports but that's ridiculous.
1995Chevrolet

Chapmanville, WV

#22 Nov 7, 2013
I'm voting YES. can't wait til it passes. We all know it will. I agree with bacon.
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negotiate

Charleston, WV

#24 Nov 8, 2013
Tell ya what. When Riverside High gets rid of Steve ** and or stops him from forcing religion on the students on a daily basis (separation of church and state), I might vote yes for the levy. I am not against religion but I am against my tax dollars paying this guys salary to violate the rights of the students.

That is just one of a thousand mis-uses of tax dollars in Kanawha County schools.

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