It is time to get real!
Yesterday at the City Budget workshop , Commissioner Nancy Miller made an impassioned plea for a 27% increase in property taxes- her rationale: it is not much money when compared to the money shes pays for comcast cable.
She said “we are fighting over $10 per month for many people. For our personal household it will be a $12 per month increase. We pay the city of Tallahassee $550 a year, we pay comcast almost $2,400 a year.”
It is also not much money when your household will receive more money because of the proposed tax increase.
You see, in talking about her “household”, Commissioner Miller left out a pertinent fact.
Ms. Miller’s husband works for the City, and like all other employees, he will get a 3% raise under the proposed budget.
A conservative estimate indicates their “household” will net an extra $1600-$2000 per year, which will more than cover any increase in the property taxes Commissioner Miller has to pay due to her vote.
This is a dirty little secret that local media has not wanted to talk about.
Over the last four years, Commissioner Miller has quietly voted for pay raises that enriched her “household”.
The difference now, Ms. Miller is supporting a property tax increase which will pay for $2.6 million in pay raises and she is telling people it really is not that much.
Yea, for some “households” it is a windfall!
Commissioner Millers’ impassioned pleas looses a bit of credibility when you know the facts.
Also, consider this, the fact is only 30% of the proposed property tax comes from homesteaded property owners.
The rest, 70%, is coming from business owners and other commercial interests that provide jobs and invest in the community.
What about them?
How about workers who will not get a $10 a month pay raises because business taxes go up?
How about renters who will get hit with an increase in the fire services fee in October and a possible rent increase due to their landlords tax increase?
If you’re one of those people, just remember, the increase probably will not be as much as Commissioner Miller’s cable bill.