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Coffeyville, KS

#1 Nov 24, 2009
Did your property taxes go up??? The CCC and school is eating it up . Our taxes went up over $300.00.

Since: Oct 09

Pratt, KS

#2 Nov 24, 2009
Yeah mine jumped about $150. That is just nuts. I have to drive on bad streets, have to live with bad sewers and trashy yards and now they raise the taxes. What's up with that??? They never do anything to help the city with our tax money. The county is the the worst what the heck are they doing with my money. Another thing that really makes me mad is the tax for the school system. I don't mind paying some but I have no children, nor have I ever had a child attend here in this county. There should be some kind of tax break for the elderly.
Big Tim

Topeka, KS

#3 Nov 24, 2009
Well, warangel1, someone who didn't have children paid property taxes so *you* could go to school when you were a kid. Something to think about.
wow

United States

#4 Nov 24, 2009
ours went up by about $105 but that seems to have been the trend for the last 4 or 5 years
Its

United States

#5 Nov 24, 2009
The counys went up 10 mills, thats your increase..
unknown

United States

#6 Dec 14, 2009
I resently moved out of Coffeyville, and where I live now the amout of taxes that I paid for my 43 thousand dollar house whould pay for a 200 thousand dollar house. Between the city, county, and state everyone there is getting the short end of the stick! I am so happy that I moved out of Kansas.
Here We Go Again

Pratt, KS

#7 Dec 14, 2009
Big Tim wrote:
Well, warangel1, someone who didn't have children paid property taxes so *you* could go to school when you were a kid. Something to think about.
Tim: I have no problem with paying taxes for the school. I am just saying we are paying WAY too much! When I go to sell my house I will not be able to get what the county says it's worth. The other thing is why is taxes in Oklahoma less? They seem to have good schools, better roads and nicer homes with a smaller tax base. I agree with you about paying school taxes but why OVER TAX? Something in this county stinks.
Ronald

Derby, KS

#8 Dec 14, 2009
I'll tell you what's bad with Coffeyville taxes. they've gone to far when they raised the taxes on my vacant lot next to my house. I've owned it for two years now. with these new added taxes on my vacant lot next to my house the City calls it home improvement tax added by me placing a Chain lenkfenced around the yard with a Dog house. and cute mail box for our pet dog name Dozer. before I bought the vacant lot it had 4 foot high grass with trash. it was never being mowed plus a fire hazard. a sore sight to see to those who drove by. I only bought this Vacant lot for $1.500 because no one wanted it.
It made our whole block look bad.
You could drive by now and think. WOW !!!
what a Major improvement. My property resale value didn't go up. but my taxes on my home did. I'm upset and ready to sale out and not invest anymore to live comfortable else where in my own home. But where to ? I couldn't get no where near what I spent on this home when I bought it.
this Home was a fixer upper For $25.000.
You would think We should get a break for what we spend on these homes I got $45.000 on top of the cost of my home invested. and was told my home is only worth $35.000 about half ...from my Bank here in town. but Coffeyville taxes are based on what they think it should be worth . Not what I could get for the home on todays Market value.
Where's our reward at for cleaning up this trashy neighborhood. Where's our tax break at...?
Kat

Coffeyville, KS

#9 Dec 14, 2009
Here We Go Again wrote:
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Tim: I have no problem with paying taxes for the school. I am just saying we are paying WAY too much! When I go to sell my house I will not be able to get what the county says it's worth. The other thing is why is taxes in Oklahoma less? They seem to have good schools, better roads and nicer homes with a smaller tax base. I agree with you about paying school taxes but why OVER TAX? Something in this county stinks.
Well I agree on the stink but I think it's more someone....starting with the appraiser!
OLD Mary Haggit

Derby, KS

#10 Dec 14, 2009
We should have a Coffeyville tea block party.
for the higher cost of taxes.
What would happen if everyone got together and didn't pay their taxes in this town.?
Just wondering ???
all the improvements to this town are going to the other side where I don't live and haven't as much as send the city workers around here since after the flood.
Kat

Coffeyville, KS

#11 Dec 14, 2009
OLD Mary Haggit wrote:
We should have a Coffeyville tea block party.
for the higher cost of taxes.
What would happen if everyone got together and didn't pay their taxes in this town.?
Just wondering ???
all the improvements to this town are going to the other side where I don't live and haven't as much as send the city workers around here since after the flood.
Does anyone know if there are any plans for the east side? It's pretty much just an "entrance to depression" at this point. Anyone entering from the east will not see much promise in Coffeyville. How they can justify the property tax going up for any resident in Coffeyville is beyond me. It should have went way down since the half the town is dead and bare now. Who would want to buy a home in Coffeyville? No one's property can possible be more valuable now. Does anyone know what the plans are for the old Walmart building on the west side once the new one opens or if there are any plans at all.

Since: Dec 09

Bartlesville, OK

#12 Dec 14, 2009
The causes of our exceedingly high property taxes are easy to identify. We are burdened with a city infrastructure for 20 thousand residents and we only have 10 thousand residents left to pay the bills. We are probably also the only 10 thousand resident town in the nation that has a higher mill levy tax on its citizens for a so called community college than for the operations of the supporting city. As our population and revenues have declined our officials have foolishly ignored the inevitable consequences by borrowing and spending beyond our capacity to repay, while we also failed to maintain our streets and other city properties. Our commission continues to spend, borrow, and approve tax abatements and other monetary gifts with out sufficient factual information being presented containing the financial information or consequences needed for a prudent decision. We should not expect any improvement if our commission does not more actively determine the will of the community and direct our city managers actions. We desperately need more professional type management and more attentive commission oversight or we need a change in personnel and commissioners. http://coffeyvilletaylorreports.blogspot.com/
Dirtys

Coffeyville, KS

#13 Dec 14, 2009
I agree with Mr. Taylor he brings to light many good points. But, What are we going to do about it? We have some people trying to improve our Downtown area and others trying to bring new housing to the area. But is it too little to late? And for that fact the City won't allow some of the business to expand and develop their properties, due to Code changes. I don't see any new buildings being built downtown, so why does Dennis Jacobs make it more difficult to remodel these 100 yr old buildings. Lets make some exceptions, being smart about them of course, and let these property owners do what needs to be done so that at least one area of our City might attract people to this area. Keep stirring the pot Mr. Taylor I think you are on the right track. As for the City of Coffeyville Management good luck you have a long road ahead of you.

Since: Oct 08

Coffeyville, KS

#14 Dec 14, 2009
I think Mr. Taylor has many good points but it is the way you go about getting your point across that isn’t working. You have to work with the other commissioners and get them on your side not continually butt heads with them. I have seen the video of the scene that was made at one meeting. When Mr. Warren tried to explain himself you kept repeating the same thing over and not letting him tell you, then when the mayor simply touched your arm to get your attention you jumped on him like a rabid dog. It was very embarrassing to watch. Nothing will get done with the attitudes all the commissioners have right now. I think the ball is in your court to straighten things out by mellowing out a little. A person who thinks they are right all the time will never see both sides of a situation. Work together for Coffeyville! Your intentions may be good but you are not helping the people who elected you……you are doing the city more harm than good at this point. Like I said before, most of your ideas are good you just need work with the other commissioners, not against them. See if that works for awhile…..just a suggestion.
idea

Coffeyville, KS

#15 Dec 14, 2009
I for one would like to clean up this town, starting with the wore down houses around. Does FKHS or CCC still have a building program. Wouldnt it be good if the city could obtain these houses let the programs fix them up and sell them at a reasonalbe price to help fund their own programs. Sell these houses to young couples trying to get started on their own.. I feel the majority would take pride in owning their home and keep it nice. Just an idea.
What Now Boozo

Derby, KS

#16 Dec 14, 2009
Jim C Taylor Sr wrote:
The causes of our exceedingly high property taxes are easy to identify. We are burdened with a city infrastructure for 20 thousand residents and we only have 10 thousand residents left to pay the bills. We are probably also the only 10 thousand resident town in the nation that has a higher mill levy tax on its citizens for a so called community college than for the operations of the supporting city. As our population and revenues have declined our officials have foolishly ignored the inevitable consequences by borrowing and spending beyond our capacity to repay, while we also failed to maintain our streets and other city properties. Our commission continues to spend, borrow, and approve tax abatements and other monetary gifts with out sufficient factual information being presented containing the financial information or consequences needed for a prudent decision. We should not expect any improvement if our commission does not more actively determine the will of the community and direct our city managers actions. We desperately need more professional type management and more attentive commission oversight or we need a change in personnel and commissioners. http://coffeyvilletaylorreports.blogspot.com/
The Problem we have here is the professional Management we keep electing in this town. They are Crooks every damm one of them. No one wants the job without money in their own back pockets. So we pay out our ass for what people think without knowing all the facts. Right ??
Kat

Coffeyville, KS

#17 Dec 14, 2009
idea wrote:
I for one would like to clean up this town, starting with the wore down houses around. Does FKHS or CCC still have a building program. Wouldnt it be good if the city could obtain these houses let the programs fix them up and sell them at a reasonalbe price to help fund their own programs. Sell these houses to young couples trying to get started on their own.. I feel the majority would take pride in owning their home and keep it nice. Just an idea.
And I think it's a very good idea. Helps the schools, helps the local business if they have to buy local for all possible for the repairs or remodels, and helps Coffeyville gain more home owners who do tend to show more pride in their homes which contributes to a better looking town. Sounds like a win win situation. I don't know if CCC has a program like that but I know most high schools do.
Big Tim

Coffeyville, KS

#18 Dec 15, 2009
If I lived in Oklahoma, given their state's track record on education, I'd probably home school.

Mr. Taylor, I'm not a fan of your comportment. But I don't think you have it entirely wrong, either. I'm also troubled by the behavior of the commission, as a whole. Our town gets more worked up discussing your behavior than we do over the day to day issues that affect our children, our businesses and our future.

Some of those issues seem mundane, but those are the ones that have the biggest impact.

gdi

Since: Aug 09

Coffeyville, KS

#19 Dec 15, 2009
Mr taylor while i may not agree with the way you go about things all the time. I definitly think you can and will make a difference in this town. Keep up the good work, and lets fix some of these houses up.
wellll

United States

#20 Dec 15, 2009
They get worked up when things threaten "their" interests.

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