I have a few questions about my tax statement that most folks are also asking: What is “real” about real market value when the value decreases but the tax that I pay goes up? Then there is the assessed value. Who determines that value? I would bet it is determined by how many new assessments are required, and how many folks gave up their property because they just can’t pay. The less that pay means the few who are left must pay more. Who is going to pay for all these taxes when the last man with property finally stops paying? We see that happening even now.
Finally take a look at what you are taxed for, and ask yourself how that affects you personally. Take the port for instance. My old shack in North Bend pays $32.71. Not too much you think but what does that really do for me? Just reading in the paper today where another several million dollars will be needed to repair all the old rail bridges that the Port owns. On and onward toward several hundred million before we all are broke. Let’s go on to the North Bend schools. Like the Port, the schools are also run by the state of Oregon. My old shack pays $223.30 plus the bond of $51.09 for a total of $274.39. I no longer have any say in how the schools are run, so that money is spent on scroungy dress of both teachers and kids, and retirement funds. Then we have the urban renewal tax. That is a double tax also. We have the fund which is only $1.11, but also the special levy which is $18.40. Now what is it I got for this tax? I get to pay it! I won’t even mention the airport district since that has been a boondoggle all along. I really would not mind paying that if we had our road to Pony Point back, and our launch way that was so handy.
To sum this all up, I would say that we taxpayers need to start demanding logical assessments, and start protesting some of the insane programs that we are forced to pay for. It may need to get to the point of protest. I would suggest that if we could get 50 percent or more of the taxpayers to stop paying their taxes for three or four years we could make a great difference. Put the money in savings, and just sit on it and see the results. Money talks, and to the people feeding at the public trough, hunger would be the only leverage.
Claude O. Coffman