Thursday, July 09, 2009

Suck It Up Gables: Taxes on the Rise. By Geniusofdespair

As I predicted, July 6th, taxes are on the rise.

It was reported today, in the Miami Herald, that Coral Gables voted to raise their tax rate to "offset an approximate $10-million shortfall in the city's budget." The average Coral Gables home (valued at $571,388) could see an increase of anywhere from $200 to a bit over $500. Remember, this average homeowner also has to pay county taxes which, when you add in the separate Countywide debt service and the County Library District tax, are actually higher than the Coral Gables city tax.

I think we will see an increase in all Miami-Dade Cities, one-by-one the shoe will drop. Coral Gables only had a modest decrease in property values (-5.3% in 2009) whereas other less fortunate cites are facing a double-digit decline (Homestead almost -25%).


Anonymous said...

Whereas the Florida state constitution forbids the state from collecting property taxes, this same constitution allows the counties within the state to collect said taxes.
Where, the US Constitution, in article 1 section 9 line 4 forbids Direct Taxation,
being that a direct tax is a tax named and directed towards the items to be taxed.
Direct taxation of real and personal property by Miami Dade County makes null the concept of private property ownership.
Where the perpetual taxation of real and personal property abolishes the concept of Allodial title granted to the American people.
Where the citizens in the county cannot own any property free and clear because direct taxation of personal and real property is an infinite tax.
Notwithstanding, the 16th Amendment nullification of the apportionment clause in Article 1, as the subsequent court cases have made it clear, the 16th Amendment dealt with only the taxation of income, therefore the prohibition of the direct taxation clause of real and personal property remains intact. The case of Commissioner v. Glenshaw Glass Co., 348 U.S. 426 (1955) showed that only income clearly realized should be taxed not the property. Private property such as a homestead does not generate income until said property is transferred or sold to other owners. The counties taxation of accrued Ad Valorem prior to the exchange of ownership constitutes the taxation of nonexistent income that leads directly to the confiscation of real property owned by the citizens who have no intention of ever selling for profit or loss unless forced by property taxes. The fact that the average tax payer in less than 12 years will pay over 50% of the original purchase price on any given property, proves the point as to why the founding fathers inserted the no direct taxation clause.

The plaintiff seeks the immediate arrest and nullification of all sales of tax certificates in the county and the collection of said property taxes dating back to January 2000.

Anonymous said...

Most Miami-Dade County employees are vastly overpaid and overbenefitted. The idiot commissioners better not consider raising taxes. Layoffs are required.