Yes, taxpaying public, I am the first to compliment Paul with his incremental approach to lowering the tax rate. The tax rate is the cents per hundred dollars in value a property is appraised. But as most of us realize our tax rate has increased. If our property values (and taxes owed) increases slower than the income we earn, all will be OK. We all know that is not the case.
Government always needs more money. The truth is that our local government's desire for our money is growing faster than our ability to earn it. The local economy "recovery" is not normal. Our unemployment is higher than it would normally be in a "good economy". Nationally, unemployment is at 8%. (In a typical recovery unemployment would be 3-4 percent.)
Paul, your strategy has worked, we are paying less in property taxes than had you not been on council. But the facts remain, Victoria's debt and the tax bills are much higher than anytime in either of our lives. And this happened while you represented North Victoria. This year surprise us all and cut the budget by 5%. If you need assistance, I'll help.!) :_)
Hi Dale,Yes that’s true, I have worked to lower the actual tax rate each year. Being only 1 of 7 members of city council who make the decision I realized it would be difficult if not impossible to convince 3 other council members to stay at the effective tax rate year after year. I believe I have been more productive using the incremental approach of trying to lower the actual rate when I was able to convince several others on council. The good news is I think we can expect to stay at the effective rate for the upcoming 12-13 budget. Perhaps with all the new growth in town in the coming years we can stay at the effective tax rate or even go lower than the effective rate as we did for the 10-11 budget year.
I disagree with your statement I look forward to the “tax and spend good times”. I do look forward to the growth and opportunity for our citizens. Hopefully the growth will translate into better services and lower taxes but we will wait and see. :^)
I don’t have the total figures for you Dale but I believe each year after multiple meetings/discussions I was able to support the end result which was to pass a balanced budget.
Thanks, Paul Polasek
Wow! Effective tax rate? When is a tax rate decrease really a tax increase? "I have proposed a lower tax rate each year I have been on council." (Paul )
Since when did Paul and Will say they are for lower taxes? Since when did Will or Paul ever propose to reduce spending? And do not tell me guys you supported lower spending during the 2010-2011. AS I can recall Will saying, " Now is not the time to be listening to the prophets of doom and idiots of destruction." And wa-la sales tax collection dropped significantly that year.
We are now in the tax and spend good times which Will and Paul so look forward to. Sales taxes collections are way up. Property taxes appraisals are climbing. It is a great time to be a tax and spender!
For the record, only David Hagan has supported reining in city spending. But no, Tax and spenders like Will and Paul...gotta love em.
By they way Paul. Capital expenditures included, give us a year by year reminder of how much you approved to be spent for operation/maintainance and capital items while you have been on council. And if you can, remind us how you voted regarding the budgets.