Property tax goes against the principle of freedom |

Property tax goes against the principle of freedom

Out on a LImb
Ross L. Talbott
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

If you have followed my subtle writings in the past you realize my absolute dislike of property tax.

Property tax at all levels is a direct refutation of the principle of freedom upon which the nation was founded.

I cannot find anything in the Constitution that authorizes any branch of government to tax personal property.

As a matter of fact income tax is not legal because it never was ratified by the required number of states.

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About two generations ago, people were settling this land, building businesses, ranches and houses.

They were driven by opportunity, inspiration and ingenuity.

We turned sagebrush into beautiful, productive farm land, built ponds, stabilized stream flow and developed access to remote lands.

People took land of little value and turned it into productive assets.

Government agencies began to realize an opportunity to increase their control.

Somehow being in a position of authority causes that official to believe that he/she is inherently wiser and possessed with exceptional wisdom.

The whole concept that material things, whether created by God or rearranged by humans, are really the possession of the government is questionable.

To charge rent (property tax) on your possessions first of all, requires that the government agency must determine its “value.”

Now we have assessors that determine what your rented property is worth so that they can set the dollar amount of the “rent.”

This so-called value may be partially based on what you paid to possess it but is not current value.

It has nothing to do with any value or product it generates but only its so-called worth.

Another government move that came along was the idea of zoning. By forcing different types of property into like groupings, the process of setting a value for tax purposes is simplified for the assessor.

If your property is in a particular zone, such as residential or business, the value per square foot is automatic.

One of the unintended consequences is a great increase in traffic. You can’t live in your business or in the zone where you work.

In my home town, the grocer and many other business owners lived in the back or upstairs of their building. Their car moved only on weekends.

An unintended consequence of zoning is increased pollution and dependency on the Arabs.

An interesting side effect is the Homeowners Association. It is a quasi neighborhood government that tells you where to park your bicycle, what color to paint your house, what kind of trees to plant. At least, when you purchase a home in one of those subdivisions it’s a voluntary relinquishment of your freedoms.

I can see some logic in neighborhood control.

Inconsiderate people can devastate their lot with piles of brush, broken down snowmobiles and even horses in the back yard.

Weed control, barking dogs and out of control cats can be an irritation. Freedom has a price.

We should not go to a government agency to complain that the neighbor’s tree is blocking our view.

I know people who have moved to Panama and Nicaragua in apprehension of America’s future.

The health care fanatics are not increasing our freedom.

Here’s a poem I wrote while sitting at my desk, which I bought and paid for, but must now rent from the government.

Freedom or France

I guess the politicians are proud of what they’ve done.

But I’m not sure I like what our valley has become.

They think that Wal Mart, Lowes and Target, add up to quality of life.

That larger government agencies will somehow reduce the strife.

But I can tell you this one thing, That taxes will increase.

And they will never ever find, That place where taxes cease.

The nanny state will grow and grow, They’ll suck away your blood.

The less you have, the more they need to feed the socialism flood.

If you can’t handle freedom then move away to France.

If the choice is self-reliance, I’ll dare to take the chance.

I’d rather have my freedom though hardships on my plate.

I’ll prove to you what I am worth but maybe it’s too late.

Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle.

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