Just when you think the civil right to keep the fruits of your labor is safe from elected Democrats, here come the local ink by the barrel buying-liberals playing the class warfare card.
Originally published by our Legal Editor, Mike “gamecock” DeVine as Charlotte Law and Civil Rights Examiner for Examiner.com
The Examiner reported Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones’ statement last week that he doubted five of the nine county commissioners would vote to reassess property tax values early next year given the unstable, inflated property values that could result is tax assessments many homeowners could not afford.
It appears that the Charlotte Observer (known affectionately here as The Charlotte Disturber) is disturbed:
As Mecklenburg County commissioners consider whether to delay assigning new tax values to properties, some lessons could be learned from a debate that unfolded this fall about 130 miles away. After voting in October to delay a revaluation for a year, Chatham County leaders changed their minds when they determined it would cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue from utility companies, as well as the expense of reappraising property.
Yes, there are lessons to be learned, but, as usual, our liberal friends haven’t yet learned them.
The first lesson that smacks Foghorn Leghorn (our media examiner) in the face is that corporations, including utilities, pass on taxes to consumers. The second, more fundamental lesson, and one we have addressed before in detail, is that the civil right to private property is the most fundamental right to ensure Liberty and the resulting prosperity and successful happiness pursuits.
Given that Charlotte-Mecklenburg was an avatar of the housing boom, the values of many homes are so overvalued that the owners of the homes would be at risk of losing their homes is they were required to pay the taxes based on a current reassessment. Values are dropping, but slowly.
A third lesson is that when one’s government taxes your property each year, you really never own it no matter if the mortgage is paid off. You rent from the state till you die. And if you can’t pay the rent/taxes to the State/landlord, they can take your property by the power of eminent domain.
So why is the Charlotte Observer in such a hurry for a reassessment that is not required by state law for at least two more years? They reveal themselves:
Mecklenburg also stands to lose money by putting off a revaluation – it could result in a roughly $5 million tax break for utilities companies in 2010.
The left fears that government would “lose” money. Do they fear that many homeowners, through no fault of their own, could lose the fruits of a lifetime of labor? It doesn’t seem so.
And who is the object of this class-warfare appeal? We wondered last week which commissioner switched their intention to vote for rapid reassessment. Could it be the Observer found them out:
Commissioners Chair Jennifer Roberts said the lost revenue was a “big factor” for her as she debated whether the county should do a revaluation. But she is supporting a delay because of growing concerns that a revaluation now will lead to higher tax bills for many residents. The board is expected to vote Tuesday to wait until at least 2010 to do its next appraisal.
“It’s not a clear-cut issue,” Roberts said. “We’re trying to evaluate what is going to be the best choice for trying to help our economy get back on its feet and to help our region get back on its feet.”
This examiner says bravo when a Democrat decides to respect the civil rights of their constituents even if they don’t think the issue is clear cut.
We are thankful that for most politicians the issue of getting re-elected after raising taxes is clear cut.
Mike DeVine’s Examiner.com and Charlotte Observer columns
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson