THEY CREATE WHAT THEY SEEK TO ESCAPE.
As the Ada County Assessor sends out property value notices this week, we note the values in some areas are up 20%. That can be good news and bad news.
IF you are selling, its good news. If you are on a fixed income chances are your overall property tax bill will increase, thus taking a bigger chunk of your cash flow.
We constantly hear the refrain, “You can’t stop growth. We can’t build a Trump wall around the state.” True, but it is high time for the politicos at all levels to listen to the citizens and stop PAYING businesses to move here by offering all sorts of “incentives” and tax breaks. Steep impact fees for all services would be a step in the right direction.
We hear complaints about “lack of planning.” Things have been planned for years. Vast areas of Ada county were zoned and designated as “agricultural” land. The taxes on this land were minimal and they had no reasonable expectation of being rezoned for mega sized apartment complexes or subdivisions.
Just as a home owner in a residential subdivision shouldn’t expect to have land rezoned for a factory or commercial use, open space should not be fair game for developers.
The agencies that get the most unfair pressure under the current system are the fire districts, schools and highway districts. While they have no veto power over development, they have to respond to the growth and provide services. Citizens fed up with tax hikes often turn down bond proposals out of frustration.
Eagle officials have decided to increase population density, authorizing downtown apartment structures. Citizens who thought they had moved into a quiet, quaint community are opposed. See the IDAHO STATESMAN story.
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