Rather than tax us homeowners yet again why not tax the people that are renting. They use county services as well as the rest of us. I am tired of having to pay extra.
I had the same thought, except, the renters will be bearing the increases through increases from their landlords. In fact, landlords might have it better than private homeowners -- they can pass the buck to the tenants.
Passing a type of property tax on to renters makes no sense. It's the property being taxed- not the individual. Taxes ARE being paid by the property owner and the renter does pay via increased rent like Geana stated. Landlords do not make money off increased rent to cover tax hikes. Insurance for rental property is much higher than principal residences and you have to account for higher repair and upkeep costs. Also, if renters own cars or buy goods in Rutherford County, they're paying taxes via the Wheel Tax and sales taxes.
Government needs to cut its budget to the bone. I get so tired of hearing that they can't cut any further because it would compromise county services. Bull. County employees need to suck it up and push through it just like private entity employees do when the labor force is reduced. So what if you have to do the job of 2 people? If that's what it takes in today's economic climate then so be it!
Don't look to me for increased taxes, I'VE GOT MY OWN PROBLEMS and I don't know of anyone to go to for help.
For get those new school projects and use that money, sueley you have that money or you wouldn't be thinking of building new schools.
Something will have to be cut somewhere. Cut out a % of the county employees and services will be affected - maybe not as much as some say, but services will take a hit. Joe Citizen will have to be ready to swallow those losses -- you and I.
But I don't know that we're ready to accept less than optimum. One example to drudge up... parents and some school officials continue to push things like the building of new schools. We've lived too long having our cake and eating it too. Something's gotta give.
Sell people tags, everyone must wear a bracelet with the current year sticker that they have paid their existence tax and a second sticker for the amount of air they breathe a year. This sounds fair.