The next month is certain to be filled with heated discussions over tax hikes in Jacksonville. This year’s hike, proposed as an increase in the property tax millage rate, is already beginning to elicit strong feedback from the community, particularly from homeowner’s who feel they are being unfairly targeted. (For what it’s worth, increases in property taxes also impact renters, whose rent is typically increased to cover the property taxes charged to their landlord.)
Tomorrow, JaxPoliticsOnline.com intends to look at how Jacksonville can have a civilized and constructive conversation over the proposals. There are; however, a few items that should be considered must-reads as the City begins the discussion. On Friday, Ron Littlepage implored voters to “look at the facts” before opposing the property tax hike proposed by the Mayor. Yesterday, David Hunt looked at the $31 million the Mayor has identified as having been trimmed from the budget over the previous three years—and the fact that city spending has actually increased by $102 million during that time period. Today, the editorial board of the Times-Union takes a look at what they call “another rush job” by the Administration. They fault the Mayor for a lack of community involvement on the front end, leaving voters (and the City Council) barely a month to vet the proposal before it must be voted on.
Much, much more to come on this subject in the ensuing week and month. Stay tuned.