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Are you unhappy about your latest property tax bill?

Perhaps it's time that you voice your disapproval of the amount of property taxes you are paying. Sign the petition to hold the line on property taxes next year.

Real unemployment is nearly 20%, approaching the levels of the Great Depression.  And there is no economic recovery in sight.  Jobs continue to go overseas, and housing values are still declining.

Have you lost your job like millions of Americans?  Do you no longer have health insurance because you lost your job or because you can no longer afford the medical insurance premiums?  Do you fear how the upcoming cuts to social security and medicare and medicaid will affect you?  Are you unable to pay your mortgage or property taxes?  Are you worried about losing your home?  Are you considering declaring bankruptcy?

It is time to hold the line on property taxes since property taxes are a regressive form of taxation, targeting the middle class citizens and not the elite rich who are not sharing any of the pain nor making any shared sacrifices in this dreadful economy caused by the risky investments in toxic assets of the Wall Streeters and by the corporate outsourcing of jobs to India, China, the Philippines, and elsewhere. 

The rich have quadrupled their wealth over the last thirty years while middle class citizens' real incomes and net worths have declined.  Moreover, the costs of a college education have skyrocketed, making it available only for the select and privileged.  How will your children have a better America without a college education?  Will they have jobs, a home, any chance of a good life in America?

It's time to change the focus of taxation in America.  Let the government know that you will no longer accept regressive taxes.  Sign the petition by clicking this link, Petition Mayor Adam Salina of Berlin, Connecticut to stop raising property taxes, selecting "Sign Petition", and entering name, address, and email address.

Don't just complain.  Do something about it now.  Get involved.

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AJ August 03, 2011 at 05:19 PM
I'm not at all happy about the taxes in Berlin; I'm ecstatic that we are much lower than surrounding towns and get so many benefits for our hard earned cash. Check out your beautiful town libraries: Berlin-Peck, Berlin Free & East Berlin. AJ FAL
William Brighenti, CPA August 04, 2011 at 02:54 AM
I agree, AJ. We are lower than New Britain and Hartford; however, many families are paying $5,000, $6,000, and up in property taxes. In these dire times when jobs are disappearing, health insurance premiums are skyrocketing, oil and gas are now $4/gallon, electricity and other utilities are increasing, and so is everything else except real disposable incomes, I know of families in neighborhoods throughout Berlin who are pawning jewelry to pay their mortgage. We are all tightening our belts during this recession with no end in sight and with no end to inflationary prices. It is time to demand from our elected officials a commitment to hold property taxes down. We cannot afford any more increases in property taxes.
Pro Death August 08, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Tell them to stop giving money away to social service programs until they start going through all their clients on a case by case basis. I bet fifty percent would not be eligible and would be forced to work like the rest of us.
John Leary August 10, 2011 at 04:10 PM
William - What are the key drivers of a property tax increase? Why are local taxes going up? Where will real sustainable cuts come from? Do national or state political decisions affect our towns and drive up taxes?
William Brighenti, CPA August 28, 2011 at 06:04 PM
Absolutely, national and state political decisions affect our towns and drive up taxes. Both are pushing the burden down to the local levels of government. And the reason for this downward movement is the reduction of the highest marginal tax rates on the rich and the Wall Streeters: a decrease in the highest marginal tax rate from 91% to 70% to 39.6% to 35%, and a decrease in the capital gains tax rate from 50% to 28% to 15%. So by collecting less tax revenues from the rich in our country and by passing unfunded mandates at the national and state levels of government, the burden of tax revenues has been passed onto the local level. As a result, we have witnessed the greatest transfer of wealth to the upper class, whose wealth has quadrupled over the past thirty years, while we are now seeing the complete eradication of the middle class, with 31% of American homeowners presently in foreclosure. It is time for the working and middles classes to unite and demand real change. The change that President Barack Obama promised that we could believe in is no longer credible under his leadership and that of the present Congress. As Warren Buffett has so eloquently stated, "Of course there is a class war, but it's my class, the rich class, that is waging the war, and we're winning." The Barefoot Accountant http://www.cpa-connecticut.com/blog/
William Brighenti, CPA September 27, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Are you aware that your property taxes will increase next year, too? Sign the petition located at this link, http://www.cpa-connecticut.com/blog/?p=4076

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