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Old August 16th, 2007, 10:45 AM   #1
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Recently, our area had a millage request from the local (and only) community college. The college was asking for .49 mill in order to keep class sizes and tuition the way they are and to not cut programs. It would mean an increase in property taxes of app. $25.00 per $100,000 value of your home. Considering most homes in this area are assessed at under $200,000 it really wasn't much they were asking for. Also, there hadn't been a request for a millage from the college for 16 years.



The millage was defeated by a mere 192 votes.



With both of my boys planning on getting their college education start at GRCC, this just appalled me, and I sent a letter to the editor of our local paper (scroll to bottom of the page)



MLive.com: Everything Michigan



I actually got a call from some guy last night who wanted to blast me about this letter!!!!!!!!! He started yelling at me, saying we are taxed enough, the professors make too much money, blah blah blah.



I just couldn't believe this guy had the cajones to call me and try to 'set me straight'. He, of course, said he wasn't sending HIS kids to CC, and they were going to UofM. Well, if I could afford to send my kids to UofM, I would, too.



What an ass....
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Old August 16th, 2007, 11:17 AM   #2
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Looks like the idiot above you disagreed. C'mon, what the hell is $25 per $100,000 of yearly income?



He made this claim:



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supporters of the Grand Rapids Community College millage say it failed because of "the economy."
No, it failed because of pricks like this guy who didn't want give up a measly $25 to help fund a college that would've educated students and train them for skilled careers, which might've attracted companies looking for a pool of ready and able workers to our state, bringing jobs to Michigan which would've helped the economy and made us money and ultimately, may have gotten a good return on the taxpayers' small investment.



$25/$100,000? What's that? 0.025% of a yearly income?



Greedy bastards!
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Old August 16th, 2007, 11:19 AM   #3
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Looks like the idiot above you disagreed. C'mon, what the hell is $25 per $100,000 of yearly income?




Actually, it was a millage, so it was property tax, but still. That's $25 per year on the ASSESSED value of your house, which is usually about 65% of the selling value.
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Actually, it was a millage, so it was property tax, but still. That's $25 per year on the ASSESSED value of your house, which is usually about 65% of the selling value.


My mistake! Still a bunch of BS and still not very much money.
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No, it failed because of pricks like this guy who didn't want give up a measly $25 to help fund a college that would've educated students and train them for skilled careers, which might've attracted companies looking for a pool of ready and able workers to our state, bringing jobs to Michigan which would've helped the economy and made us money and ultimately, may have gotten a good return on the taxpayers' small investment.




That's exactly the point I was trying to make in my letter, and again to the guy who called.



You're lucky, you live in east Michigan. West Michigan is a Republican stronghold, and they always get pissed because Michigan always goes Democrat because of the larger population in the east.
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That's exactly the point I was trying to make in my letter, and again to the guy who called.



That's sad, the fact that the guy called you I mean. What? Does he have nothing better to do than to berate people for bringing to light his own penny-pinching? ($25 for a college? They're gouging us!!! What's wrong with you?!)



I guess not lol.




You're lucky, you live in east Michigan. West Michigan is a Republican stronghold, and they always get pissed because Michigan always goes Democrat because of the larger population in the east.


Haha. We rule! We decide your fate! Nyah! Nyah!



Still, I'd like to live in a Republican stronghold, become the enemy within or something.
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We had a similar vote here about 5 years ago but for the public schools rather than the college.



One idiot wrote to the paper pointing out that it was not fair to fund schools by a property tax since renters would then be sending their children to school for free.



I'm not much of a letter writer but this time I had to say something.



What kind of idiot thinks that landlords are just going to pay that tax increase from their own pockets?



So far as I know, there is no such thing as rent control in Alabama and I am absolutely certain that any property tax increase would be passed on to the renters at the earliest possible date. The landlords might lose a few bucks between the time of the increase and the time all their tenants leases are up but certainly not enough to do any serious damage to their bottom line.



Of course the increase was defeated. I
do, after all, live in the bastion of "family values" country.



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It's tragic that the lingering essence of the Reagan years, namely the "me first, screw you" mentality, is still alive and well in our country.



We saw it go away briefly after 9/11, but it's back.
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Haha. We rule! We decide your fate! Nyah! Nyah!



Still, I'd like to live in a Republican stronghold, become the enemy within or something.


Come on down!!! LOL



You haven't experienced 'cheap' until you've dealt with Dutch Republicans!!!!



All the stories you've heard about the Dutch being cheap is absolutely true!!!



LOL
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Come on down!!! LOL



You haven't experienced 'cheap' until you've dealt with Dutch Republicans!!!!



All the stories you've heard about the Dutch being cheap is absolutely true!!!



LOL


What do you expect from people who make their shoes out of wood?
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