City of Columbia Raising Taxes, Water Rates

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Officials with the City of Columbia voted to increase property taxes, water and sewer rates and storm water rates for residents of the Capital City. Full Story
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Since: Jul 07

San Antonio, TX

#1 May 14, 2008
*handing my paycheck over* i give up, just take all my money. with the gas prices, the cost of groceries, now the city of columbia is going to start charging me more, i just give up. a person has to make $65,000 a year just to be able to pay all my bills and still have something to live on after the government takes their part of my paycheck and my health insurance takes the other part. *sigh*
kayak

Columbia, SC

#2 May 14, 2008
It seems once again our elected officials with the city just do not get it! Homeowners are already bearing the burden of increased costs for food/fuel and now they want to raise our taxes again? Is the goal to have more people loose their homes? The solution is simple....these costs must be covered by the builders that the city continues to give bldg. permits to that throw up subdivisions and disappear with the profits. Bldrs. should be required to cover expanded costs for extending water/sewer and trash services to these new homes. Why aren't the builders hit with some sort of tax and a "flat fee.?"

“Please don't feed the trolls.”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#3 May 14, 2008
I see that "officials" voted for this. Not the taxpayers. Typical...with taxes going up every year, it's plain to see just why these "officials" are raising them. Whose pockets are being lined with that money? Certainly not mine. Schools aren't seeing any of it, based on the fees we keep getting charged every year at public schools. Roads aren't getting fixed. Nothing is improved, yet still they charge and we have to pay.

Because of overdeveloping areas already too crowded with new subdivisions, water rates go up, there are shortages and rationing, taxes go up, and then "officials" wonder why everyone is so upset over rate hikes. Tax the quickie-subdivision slingers, and let the property owners have a break.
ITs Shameful

Charlotte, NC

#4 May 14, 2008
Well they have to get the money somewhere so they can pay that $160,000.00 salary to the City Manager. Meanwhile those of us who can't afford to live already just keep getting dumped on.
IVAN LANGLEY

West Columbia, SC

#6 May 14, 2008
I have a real problem with the storm tax. I have two storm drains on both corners of my lot in Rosewood and the only time they get cleaned out is when I get my shovel out and clean it myself. I guess i don't live on the right side of Rosewood to get this service.
jilangley@yahoo.com
Malfay

Sheridan, AR

#7 May 14, 2008
Mayor Coble, this is not the time for an increase in taxes. People cannot even put food on their table. Low income people are having problems getting to work because of high gas prices. We know that the city have to operate but what about us. How do we eat and get to work? I don't you city officals are thinking straight right now. While the stimulus rebate checks are being delivered, everyone wants that money including the City. why don't you call President Bush and tell him that the people in this Country needs a more money that that $300-$600 while it takes $100.00 to fill my tank and food cost more.

“Yes I'm a Jacka$$”

Since: Nov 07

United States

#8 May 14, 2008
Did you notice the city election came a month before the budget.
Also your county property tax notice
comes 2 weeks after the election.
Wonder why.
jerry garcia

West Columbia, SC

#9 May 14, 2008
IVAN LANGLEY wrote:
I have a real problem with the storm tax. I have two storm drains on both corners of my lot in Rosewood and the only time they get cleaned out is when I get my shovel out and clean it myself. I guess i don't live on the right side of Rosewood to get this service.
jilangley@yahoo.com
what up with the email address?

do you want me to email you?
The Truth

United States

#10 May 14, 2008
Call it what it is. More d**n money for Mayor Bob's pet projects for reclaiming run down neighborhoods. At least the 'hood will be nice and pretty when they shoot, stab and rob one another.
IGOR

United States

#11 May 14, 2008
Let the democrats get in the white house and this is just the beginning.
Jank

Myrtle Beach, SC

#13 May 14, 2008
$60 for 500 units enough already. Why the double rate for sewer. Water is used for things that do not send it down the sewer. We need to have a sewer meter to accurately measure the sewer discharge. But the city wants over $300 to install this, wonder why so much?
Yes there is such a thing, but they don't want you to know it.
The JERK

Columbia, SC

#14 May 14, 2008
Malfay wrote:
Mayor Coble, this is not the time for an increase in taxes. People cannot even put food on their table. Low income people are having problems getting to work because of high gas prices. We know that the city have to operate but what about us. How do we eat and get to work? I don't you city officals are thinking straight right now. While the stimulus rebate checks are being delivered, everyone wants that money including the City. why don't you call President Bush and tell him that the people in this Country needs a more money that that $300-$600 while it takes $100.00 to fill my tank and food cost more.
Bob Coble knows that the people with money do not vote for him! It's the people that live in te HOOD that do vote for him! That's why he does not give a rats @SS!!
dollie

AOL

#15 May 14, 2008
Have you ever known any Officials that really give a d**n about anything except what benenfits themselves. They do one thing thing turn around and do the opposite. But what can we say, we vote them in.
Tomfoolery

Columbia, SC

#16 May 14, 2008
Several years back good ole Mayor Bob invested 5 mil. in tax payers dollars in Air South and the tax payers lost every bit of it. Why isn't this crook and his croney out of office?
Andy Garland

United States

#17 May 14, 2008
more property taxe rate hikes when is the price of anything a stop going up.
Ed in Columbia

United States

#18 May 14, 2008
here we go again when will it stop.
Whawho

Myrtle Beach, SC

#19 May 14, 2008
Ha! I don't live in Columbia any more. And I have a well and septic tank! Ha! Thank your Mayor Bobble-head!
out bound

Myrtle Beach, SC

#21 May 14, 2008
I have to wonder how many people lives in Columbia that pays no taxes. More than likly living off the government and sucking everyone else dry. Using schools, hospitals (as their regular doctors), more likley to use police services..and on and on. This is where the problem needs to be addressed not a new tax or a higher water bill.
mayor stupid

United States

#22 May 14, 2008
Can stick it!
Susan

Irmo, SC

#23 May 14, 2008
Of course it's not surprising that water is going up too. Stamps just went up a couple of days ago. Gas is constantly rising. Seems to me that everyone is using the "gas" crap to increase their profits.

"The city says the general fund is used for a number of city responsibilities, including paying for fire and police retention programs, and funding increasing operational costs, such as gas and electric requirements."

We all need to fall down on our knees and pray! God help us all please. Many are struggling just to buy food for their kids, now this??

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