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Florida Exodus: Rising Taxes Drive Out Residents

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by carpro, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20090903/us_time/08599191991600

    Florida Exodus: Rising Taxes Drive Out Residents
    By TIM PADGETT

    There are many things public officials probably shouldn't do during a severe recession, but no one seems to have told the leaders in Florida about them.

    One thing, for instance, would be giving a dozen top aides hefty raises while urging a rise in property taxes, as the mayor of Miami-Dade County recently did. Or jacking up already exorbitant hurricane-insurance premiums, as Florida's government-run property insurer just did. Or sending an army of highly paid lobbyists to push for a steep hike in electricity rates, as South Florida's public utility is doing.

    And you wonder why the Sunshine State is experiencing its first net emigration of people since World War II.
     
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    Our county property tax bill went up in spite of our house's value going down substantially.

    Sarasota county, where I live, also assesses a non-ad valorem assessment (which is really a tax) on churches. So we are getting hit everywhere.
     
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    They can run but they can't hide.

    The Obama tax increases will find them wherever they are.
     
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    I know that property taxes on the coasts were driving retirees inland.
     
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