Posted in the South Bend Forum
#1 Mar 2, 2013
Does anyone know WHY the St. Joseph County property taxes are the SECOND highest in the entire state...of the 92 counties? There are 92 counties in Indiana, and our county has the second highest property tax rate of all those. What County is the first? How do we rank above the county Indianapolis is in? What about Elkhart? Thats where many million dollar companies are?
I wish some one would explain this to me. Our town is collapsing and in recent years we have lost hundreds if not a few thousand homes because the property taxes are so high that after the taxes are paid, and a landlord pays for upkeep, it is impossible to make renting a home worthwhile. For that reason many landlords just walked away from homes and now half the city is blighted....empty, dangerous.
What city leaders would DO this to us? When they need to they pass new twists and turns in our laws and ordinances to get things done...why can't some one, or our leaders, set a LOW property tax rate for homes that are rented so the landlords can make enough money to keep them going, and that way the homes are not abandoned, and the city has more people living here and people are spending money on groceries, gas, utilities, school, etc.
I welcome ANY comments.
#2 Mar 2, 2013
Look at how quickly the city leaders came together to get the property used for the new St. Joseph High School transferred so construction could commence. Yet the issue of abandoned houses is only discussed at length and way too ;late. Worrying about the decline of South Bend and the homes should have been top priority ten years ago...yet there are homes actually LEANING and in DANGEROUS condition and still the city deals with other projects.
One person I spoke to recently said the political leaders in THIS town do not really care bout the goings on IN town...as it has become mostly minority families and those dependent upon government to survive, so the money is funneled OUT of the inner city to Granger and close to Notre Dame.
A smart city would keep taxes much lower and the same for owners as for renters...so landlords could afford to pay property taxes, keep the rental homes maintained properly, and also afford to clean out the disastrous messes left by most of the irresponsible renters when they leave. As it is, landlords cannot afford to even deal with it so man y have just WALKED AWAY from homes and now they are totally abandoned and NO TAXES are being collected. whats worse, NOw those homes are a liability to the city and it will cost to have them torn down.
I ask you. WHO does this to us? WHAT political leaders in this town would encourage the decline of a city? And all this has to do with the post here about our taxes being the3 second highest in the state.
Once again: 92 counties in Indiana.....and St. Joseph County is NUMBER TWO...OF the 92 counties as far as tax rate is concerned.
WHY...OUT OF 92 COUNTIES IN THE STATE OF INDIANA, DOES OUR COUNTY HAVE THE SECOND HIGHEST PROPERTY TAX RATE IN THE ENTIRE STATE?
Can anyone who knows the answer to post a decent response on here?
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