I'm going to vote for the tax cap...

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I'm going to vote for the tax cap...

quote:Originally posted by Mark T. Cenci:
[b]Today at a luncheon meeting I finally met and heard Eric Cianchette . . . [/b]

Mark, what's the relationship to Peter Cianchette? Cousin, I believe? As you know, I'm hoping Peter will 'give it another go' and we can "flush John 2006!"

Anonymous
I'm going to vote for the tax cap...

...because I think it the only way to make the local decision makers come to terms with reality.Choices must be made, the days of trying to satisfy everyone are over. What's truly important at the local level? Or the state level for that matter?charlie

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There are two votes in its favor in my household. Passage of the Tax Cap is the first step. Step two is a Tax Payers Bill of Rights (TABOR) as they passed in Colorado.
The drunken sailors in Augusta don't have a clue. And Baldacci needs to be flushed in 2006.

Anonymous
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C ~ We agree a messages needs to be sent. Imagine that!!!I am prepared to see the consequences too and make due as always.

Anonymous
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And the land bond C?Inquiring minds want to know. It's only $20 million.

Anonymous
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Can't remember voting for a bond in the past 10 years Paul. Nothing but a postponed tax!charlie

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And that one is particularly worthless to most Mainers.\charlie

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I'm going to vote for the cap too, but if the Democrats keep the majority be prepared for a much higher sales tax.

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quote:I'm going to vote for the cap too, but if the Democrats keep the majority be prepared for a much higher sales tax.

Even if the tax cap is passed, it will never be implemented as written. Since it only has the force of a statute, the legislature can simply legislate it away.Anybody seen any slot machines at Bangor Raceway yet?

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quote:Originally posted by Randy:
[b]Anybody seen any slot machines at Bangor Raceway yet?[/b]

There is nothing holding them up now except the decision of the developers on when to procede.[ 08-17-2004: Message edited by: George ]

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Tax Cap Now is a statewide, grassroots network whose members are working to secure passage of the Tax Cap Initiative. My home is HQ. We are distributing bumper stickers - Tax Cap Yes! - and brochures everywhere. I would like to make contact with anyone who wishes to help get this done. Phil Harriman and Eric Cianchette are Tax Cap Yes!, and their objective is to raise funds for major media advertising. Both organizations are working for the same goal, only in different ways.
Property tax reform, if accomplished, will be easily defeated in the legislature unless spending at the State level is capped. A Taxpayers Bill of Rights is next on the agenda.

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But look at what the Maine Constitution says: If we are not happy we can throw their butts out. Unfortunately we probably will have to as they have forgotten we elected them.
Even Joe Bruno has forgotten - He has said that if the tax cap passes the legislature can do what they want - He must be a RINO! His statement is in this week's Windham Independent.
GOODBYE JOE

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Today at a luncheon meeting I finally met and heard Eric Cianchette, and found him to be an inspiration, because he is a business person who has dealt with regulatory gov't and a family man with respect for both older and younger generations. Plus he is a regular guy with common sense. Plus he is surrounding himself with people who can provide policy and communication expertise. I think the future looks a little brighter.Please open your checkbooks and pitch in!

Anonymous
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What was wrong with that article? Is it not true?

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quote:Originally posted by George:
[b]What was wrong with that article? Is it not true?[/b]

"The practice illustrates the anxiety municipal officials feel as the vote nears on the proposed tax cap and what would be a massive shake-up in the state's tax structure. Other communities are taking similar measures to make sure new hires know what could be in store for them."Yep. The truth & nothing but the truth.It would also be true to say
"Those municipal employees who lean on their shovels
four hours a day may face a RIF".
or
"Municipal officials are scared out of their wits
at the prospect of a reduction in their bureaucracies."

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If the courts rule that the 1996 valuation provision is unconstitutional, then valuations would be 100% and current.In that case, my Portland taxes would essentially stay the same. Reduced by perhaps $100 per year.The Tax Cap is unlikely to ruin anything.

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quote:Originally posted by Mark T. Cenci:
[b]If the courts rule that the 1996 valuation provision is unconstitutional, then valuations would be 100% and current.In that case, my Portland taxes would essentially stay the same. Reduced by perhaps $100 per year.The Tax Cap is unlikely to ruin anything.[/b]

How can that be? Can you show the numbers? Portland's mill rate is over $20 so a cut to $10 would be huge. Are you saying that the valuation on your home is not currently 100% and you are assuming that it will be increased so much as to make up any money saved from the mill rate drop?

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Mark Cenci’s Property Tax Value

code:
Current New
LAND VALUE $30,660.00 $68,600
BUILDING VALUE $50,930.00 $103,800
NET TAXABLE - REAL ESTATE $81,590 $172,400
HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION ($5,040.00) ($5,040.00)
@ 2.6% @ 1%
TAX AMOUNT $2,030.88 $1,724.00

The key here is that Mark’s property did not appreciate at the same rate as others in Portland. I joked with him yesterday about the derelict cars he leaves in his front lawn.[img]http://www.portlandassessor.com/images/pictures/01506901.jpg[/img]Steven Scharf
SCSMedia@aol.com[ 08-20-2004: Message edited by: Steven Scharf ]

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Heck Mark, when the cap passes, my Portland taxes will go UP $300 because of the revaluing.The end of the world is limited to their ability to put their spending icreases on automatic pilot. :eek:

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I see, but there are lots of other properties that will see a big reduction under the cap. Mark's situation is not typical.

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The Waldo Independent in Belfast has a weekly "person on the street" question. This week the paper asked about the tax cap. I was amazed that out of eight people questioned, only ONE said he would vote for the tax cap. Did the paper cherry-pick the answers it featured? Perhaps, although in the past the paper hasn't hesitated to feature questions with nonliberal results.[ 08-20-2004: Message edited by: Cash ]

Anonymous
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Cash: Even if the paper did not cherry pick answers, such a small sample size is meaningless and the selection likely not random.

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