Storm Water & Solid Waste Fees
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Angel

Niceville, FL

#1 May 2, 2008
What is everyones reactions to their new fees, im sure alot have not gotten home to see them yet.

was I shocked to see it, its crazy.
DR PHIL

Jacksonville, FL

#2 May 2, 2008
The state takes $240.00 off my property tax, and then Mayor Pay-A-Ton comes up with this ridiculous storm water tax...$120.00 a year... or $60.00 every 6 months...

Since: Jul 07

AOL

#3 May 2, 2008
We got ours today and my grandfather about went through the roof. I thought it was just a once a year thing, but apparently not. John Peyton better be happy, the douche residue.
Sam

United States

#4 May 2, 2008
Once again you get screwed. How much did you pay last year in taxes, now add the taxes and fees together and also the 3% tax on your jea, electic, water and sewer bill, this 3% is based on the total charged including other taxes,its a tax on tax. Also these are service fees not deductible on your federal income tax return, real estate taxes are deductible.Also wait until you see the increase for a florida drivers license due to tax cuts, 200.00 is the new fee. Florida wake uup the poor and middle class, disabled and elderly get the shaft while the rich get richer. Sounds like revolution time to me, thats why the english camne to the new world because the rich screwed everyone else.

Since: Jul 07

AOL

#5 May 2, 2008
You know what, I walked down my street, something I'm usually scared to do, and I saw only one storm drain within a quarter mile, and it is at the top of a ditch where water can't run into it and it does nothing to keep the water out of my driveway. So, we're paying $54 for nothing.
been there

Saint Augustine, FL

#6 May 2, 2008
I just got the new storm water and waste collection bill from the city. For me, its $45.00. Considering the new property tax bill only saved me $41.92 from last year's taxes, I still came out on the losing end. Thanks for the tax increase to all those who voted for amendment 1. Like we (opponents of amendment 1) all said the city will get their money anyways and now they are taking a larger chunk of change. The only way to truly reform taxes is to do so across the board. These amendments leave too many loopholes for the cities. Please don't vote me anymore tax breaks, while this one doesn't hurt too much they are starting to add up.
The Pen

Jacksonville, FL

#7 May 2, 2008
And there is nothing to stop them from raising it, either. Don't forget to add on the sur charges, taves and fees that come with your light bill. Mine equal 11% of my utility bill. Yes, it was a sham and shame from the beginning and may of us fought hard and now all we can do is say, I told you so.
GPP

Orange Park, FL

#8 May 2, 2008
Raising the homestead expemption was way overdue. The Mayor and the jerks on the City Council tried to blackmail the voters of JAX into voting against it with all their threats and huffing and puffing about hitting us with new fees, but even if everyone in JAX voted against it, it would still have passed because it was a statewide initiative that passed by a huge margin if I remember correctly. What I can't believe is they had the audacity to try and extend their current term after approving this spiteful retribution against us by adjusting the date of the next election. Nice try but no cigar and I will not be voting for ANY incumbents in the next City election. The logical and fair thing to have done would have been a modest 0.5% increase in the local sales tax to spread the burden among everyone, even tourists passing through, but they chose to gouge the people who control their collective political destiny and they all deserve to be fired. Not a real smart move on their part.
SJC

Middleburg, FL

#9 May 2, 2008
I hope they enjoy their time in office at our expense, believe me they won't be getting my vote.
Angry

Fernandina Beach, FL

#10 May 2, 2008
This is and outrage- I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore. I think, at the very least, it would have been fair to pass out free condoms with the bill since we are taking it up the butt.
Seriously Pissed

Fernandina Beach, FL

#11 May 2, 2008
So I guess it's out fault when it rains. They are charging us for water that god sends down to earth that I don't use. Next they will be charging us for sunlight. I don't even see that water let alone get to use it. The city gets to use this water to sell to communities. People are going to freak in the streets about this one. It won't last long. I believe they are insulting our intelligence.
PFF

Fernandina Beach, FL

#12 May 2, 2008
This is unconstitutional. This is soooooooooooooo unconstitutional. Everything goes up from here. As if food and gas going up wasn't enough. This is how an expensive war trickles down to the little people. Thanks Bush.
been there

Saint Augustine, FL

#13 May 2, 2008
PFF wrote:
This is unconstitutional. This is soooooooooooooo unconstitutional. Everything goes up from here. As if food and gas going up wasn't enough. This is how an expensive war trickles down to the little people. Thanks Bush.
You have got to be kidding me. Now you are blaming President Bush for a tax increase by the local city council and mayor. After a tax cut (albeit it not a wise one) from the Florida Legislature and Governor. The war on terror comes out of federal taxes and has nothing to do with the state system. If this explains your grasp of how our government works then it explains your Bush hatred. Please explain to me how this is unconstitutional. The government has a right to pass and collect taxes. While I am totally against it, it is within the mandate of their powers. This is why so many of us tried to stop Amendment 1. Unfortunately too many uneducated people voted for it. Now I am paying more in fees than I saved on the tax break. Thanks again. You need to take a refresher course in government. FCCJ has night classes. Might help you out some.
nomansland

Charlotte, NC

#14 May 2, 2008
been there wrote:
<quoted text>
The government has a right to pass and collect taxes. While I am totally against it,.
Do they also have the right to over tax and waste like they are doing now?

There is no honesty to what you say. You are nothing more then a right wing loyalist. You have no credibility in my opinion, you're just a punk boy without a clue.

Since: Jul 07

AOL

#15 May 2, 2008
GPP wrote:
Raising the homestead expemption was way overdue. The Mayor and the jerks on the City Council tried to blackmail the voters of JAX into voting against it with all their threats and huffing and puffing about hitting us with new fees, but even if everyone in JAX voted against it, it would still have passed because it was a statewide initiative that passed by a huge margin if I remember correctly. What I can't believe is they had the audacity to try and extend their current term after approving this spiteful retribution against us by adjusting the date of the next election. Nice try but no cigar and I will not be voting for ANY incumbents in the next City election. The logical and fair thing to have done would have been a modest 0.5% increase in the local sales tax to spread the burden among everyone, even tourists passing through, but they chose to gouge the people who control their collective political destiny and they all deserve to be fired. Not a real smart move on their part.
I will not be voting for any incumbent at any level of government.
Larry

Hastings, FL

#16 May 2, 2008
You have to be a socialist liberal to be against tax cuts. Especially when you consider how overtaxed we already are.

The budget passed by the city council is so bloated with waste that if they trimmed just a few edges of the fat they could easily do away with these fees and still keep most of their pork programs intact.

The tax cuts were partially intended to force local governments to be more fiscally responsible with the city budget. Instead, they have kept the status quot and passed the buck to you. The city council and the mayor know that many of you are so stupid you would blame the backers of Amendment I for the fees instead of themselves.

Read the budget and judge for yourselves.

http://www.coj.net/Departments/Finance/Budget...

“I'm Here”

Since: Apr 08

Nunyah business

#17 May 2, 2008
It really sucks. How bout a little notification first at least. No, we just get the bill in the mail. And it's a bit much. All these things the city wants... the people here don't. I think the city council will hear from a lot of folks on this one. Anyone besides me catch the city council meetings on PBS?

Hey, COJ, next time use a little vasoline first would ya!!!!
been there

Saint Augustine, FL

#18 May 2, 2008
Larry wrote:
You have to be a socialist liberal to be against tax cuts. Especially when you consider how overtaxed we already are.
The budget passed by the city council is so bloated with waste that if they trimmed just a few edges of the fat they could easily do away with these fees and still keep most of their pork programs intact.
The tax cuts were partially intended to force local governments to be more fiscally responsible with the city budget. Instead, they have kept the status quot and passed the buck to you. The city council and the mayor know that many of you are so stupid you would blame the backers of Amendment I for the fees instead of themselves.
Read the budget and judge for yourselves.
http://www.coj.net/Departments/Finance/Budget...
I am all for tax cuts. What I was against was this charade of a tax cut. Everyone KNEW what the city council was going to do. They would raise taxes to cover the loss of property tax income. Just like the lottery it had negative unintended consequences. I am all for tax reform. I believe we should limit our government to three revenue streams only.

The feds should only get the income tax.
The state should only get the sales tax.
The city or county should only get the property tax.

The problem is all three are dipping in our pockets in thousands of places. Most people don't know how much the government truly gets and where its going. You can't hold any single government responsible because its to hard to keep track of who is taking what. If you really sit down and figure it out, I think it would not be overstated that most of us are paying over 40% of our income to the government. I am in the 25% tax bracket. Then add basically 7% sales tax on everything I buy. I also pay property taxes. Then all the additional fees and taxes from gas tax, phone tax, cable tax, electrical tax, etc. There are hundreds of taxes that most of us pay as fees.

If we saw how much each branch of government was taking from us then we could hold each branch individually accountable. I don't even understand how people who live in states with higher taxes do it.
stoney

Jacksonville, FL

#19 May 2, 2008
Leave it to the City of Jacksonville (leaders) to find another way to bilk the Taxpayers into thinking that if we pay this, that they effect some change for the better. Hogwash! These are the same Postered Icons that preached Jim Crow and Basterdized the good name of Jacksonville. Go play some golf, pay for green fees with the kickbacks of hard working people and lament that you **** at Golf too.

“its a plane, its a plane”

Since: Dec 07

jax for now

#20 May 2, 2008
Angel wrote:
What is everyones reactions to their new fees, im sure alot have not gotten home to see them yet.
was I shocked to see it, its crazy.
yeah yeah the check is in the post.........wonder what would happen if we did not pay ??? would they stop rain falling on my house ??? could live with that........

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