Category: Real estate taxes

Month in Review: June, 2014: Part 2, The challenges of developing new homes new

1 August, 2014 (10:00) | Austin, TX, Detroit, Flagstaff, Local issues, Mayors, Mobile homes, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Municipal budgets, New Haven, New York City, NYCHA, Politics, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Student housing, Urbanization, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.] By: David A. Smith Yesterday’s Part 1, reviewing a month spent entirely on local issues, dealt with the economic and political dynamics of existing housing markets, but cities must always be building new, because economic growth and population growth are the lifeblood of cities – such as New Haven: Demonstrators […]

Month in Review: June 2014: Part 1, The challenges of existing housing

31 July, 2014 (09:40) | Austin, TX, Detroit, Flagstaff, Local issues, Mayors, Mobile homes, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, Municipal budgets, New Haven, New York City, NYCHA, Politics, Public housing, Real estate taxes, Student housing, Urbanization, US News | No comments

By: David A. Smith In a century of cities, so much to do with housing happens not at the national level but in the city, and yet I was surprised to discover that every June post focused on a municipal-level issue, even if some of them are exemplars of global trends. Sir, sir, they’re just […]

My taxes must be unfair: Part 5, The solution to fairness

30 June, 2014 (18:09) | Appraisals, Austin, TX, Democracy, Homeownership, Housing, Land value, Local issues, Municipal budgets, Politics, Real estate taxes, Schools, Urbanization, Zoning | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] By:David A. Smith People try to live within their income so they can afford to pay taxes to a government that can’t live within its income. — Robert Half  As by now become apparent from deconstructing a recent article in […]

My taxes must be unfair: Part 4, Or do they?

27 June, 2014 (09:29) | Appraisals, Austin, TX, Democracy, Homeownership, Housing, Land value, Local issues, Municipal budgets, Politics, Real estate taxes, Schools, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 2 and Part 1.] By:David A. Smith In theory, taxes should be like shopping. What I buy is government services. What I pay are my taxes. – P. J. O’Rourke And I don’t pay taxes for haircuts Yesterday, after dispelling the illogical arguments, overblown rhetoric, and […]

My taxes must be unfair: Part 3, The critics may have a point

26 June, 2014 (09:30) | Appraisals, Austin, TX, Democracy, Homeownership, Housing, Land value, Local issues, Municipal budgets, Politics, Real estate taxes, Schools, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.] By:David A. Smith The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets. –Will Rogers. “I am not a member of any organized political party. I’m a Democrat.” So far, working slowly through the complaints of Austin homeowners, reported […]