From a libertarian perspective, property taxes are considered a violation of individual property rights. Libertarians believe that individuals have a right to keep and use their property as they see fit, without interference from the government.
Therefore, supporting bills that seek to eliminate school property taxes align with libertarian principles, as it would be a step towards reducing the government's control over individuals' property. Libertarians argue that education should not be funded through property taxes, and that individuals should not be forced to pay for services they may not use.
Instead, libertarians prefer the implementation of a consumption tax, which would shift the burden of taxation from property owners to consumers. A consumption tax would only tax individuals based on the goods and services they consume, rather than on their property ownership.
Therefore, the libertarian view would support the elimination of property taxes and the implementation of a consumption tax as a more fair and efficient way to fund public services.
The failure of the last 30 years of Commissioners, including all of the current sitting Commissioners, is unacceptable. The county is financially on unstable ground, carrying nearly $26 Million in debt year over year since at least 2017, and had to spend an additional $7 Million (unbudgeted, and paid for via a bond) for the reassessment.
As stated by Tim Barr, Vision Government Solutions, at the most recent Community meeting, if the county had been doing more frequent county-wide reassessments since 1996, the cost would have been substantially less. This highlights the failure of the current sitting commissioners to ensure that the county is on a firm economic footing and follows the law.
It is also important to note that although tax millage is locked during this reassessment, there is nothing stopping the Commissioners from raising the rate after the completion of the Assessment. The only requirement is that the commissioners would need to hold a 2nd public vote in order to raise taxes. As a Libertarian, I believe in limited government intervention and personal responsibility. The government should not be allowed to raise taxes without a transparent and democratic process.
Moreover, it is unacceptable that homeowners would be in a position to lose their homes due to property taxes. As a community, we need to implement new ways for homeowners to pay, such as paying monthly via an approved online vendor. This would provide homeowners with more flexibility and ensure that they are not forced to pay an unreasonable amount of property taxes at one time.
In conclusion, the failure of the current sitting commissioners to ensure that the county is on a firm economic footing is unacceptable. As a community, we must demand accountability and transparency from our government officials. We need to implement new ways for homeowners to pay their property taxes and ensure that their homes are not at risk. Let us work together to create a better, more responsible government that serves its citizens.