Category: Referendums

Mayor, there must be a mistake in my tax bill! Part 2, the expenditure side

31 October, 2012 (09:49) | Capital expenditures, Democracy, Elderly, Housing, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Referendums, Saco, Tax credits | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post, using a factual and incurious article in the Saco Sun-Chronicle (October 3, 2012), brought us citizen Mary Pelkey of Saco, Maine, who decided to raise a ruckus about Saco’s recent property tax increase, the largely inevitable consequence of both macroeconomic forces (cutbacks in […]

Mayor, there must be a mistake in my tax bill! Part 1, the revenue side

30 October, 2012 (12:02) | Capital expenditures, Democracy, Elderly, Housing, Local issues, Real estate taxes, Referendums, Saco, Tax credits |

By:David A. Smith   You and your friends are dining out; it’s a large gathering, convivial, people you know and like and with whom you have much in common and many stories to tell.  You’re hungry at the beginning, so everyone agrees to share several of the special appetizers.  The wine flows; the courses come.  […]

California’s self-tying knots: Part 5, to bring a sword, 1X26

2 March, 2012 (09:08) | California, Ecosystem, Housing, Legislation and policy, Litigation, Local issues, Municipal finance, Proposition 13, Real estate taxes, Referendums, Taxation |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 3, Part 2, and Part 1.]     By the turn of this century, California had so knotted up its finances as to be virtually immobilized.  Struggling against the system only made it worse, as cities sued states and vice versa, with developers […]

California’s self-tying knots: Part 4, the money-changers’ temples of ERAF

1 March, 2012 (09:06) | California, Ecosystem, Housing, Legislation and policy, Litigation, Local issues, Municipal finance, Proposition 13, Real estate taxes, Referendums, Taxation |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 2 and Part 1.]     Yesterday’s Part 3 of this five-part trek on California property taxation introduce the apple’s worm, the redevelopment agencies (RDAs), which in concept are a noble creation whose birth was venial and whose life was controversial.   [This is […]

California’s self-tying knots: Part 3, the maculate conception of RDAs

29 February, 2012 (10:45) | California, Ecosystem, Housing, Legislation and policy, Litigation, Local issues, Municipal finance, Proposition 13, Real estate taxes, Referendums, Taxation |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]     By the end of yesterday’s Part 2 of this long march through California’s taxation history, we’d experienced the lightning bolt of Proposition 13, which cut local government funding in half.   [This is a five-part series exploring the thirty-year-plus […]