Oppose Cleveland Property Tax Increase

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Oppose Cleveland Property Tax Increase

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Jonathan Quick started this petition to Chairman, Johnston County Board of Commissioners Ted Godwin and

A proposal has been submitted to the Johnston County Board of Commissioners to establish a new special parks & recreation tax for Cleveland-area residents who live in the vicinity of the McLemore Fire District.

We the undersigned oppose the Cleveland Parks & Recreation proposal to be considered by the Johnston County Board of Commissioners for the following reasons:

 

The Cleveland Parks & Recreation proposal is unclear.

  • No details are provided on the specific use of requested funds 
  • No mention is made of new revenue that will generated by park operations
  • No forecast of future expense to support the park is provided

 

The Cleveland Parks & Recreation proposal is unnecessary.

  • There are several public parks located less than 10 miles away
  • Master planned communities in Cleveland already provide recreation facilities

 

The Cleveland Parks & Recreation proposal is too expensive.

  • Due to a recent county property revaluation, many Cleveland area residents face double digit property tax increases for 2019. 
  • On top of an increased tax bill resulting from property revaluation, households in the McLemore Fire District will be required to pay $110 to $200 more in property taxes on an annual basis for parks & recreation.
  • Long time farm owners with larger properties face an increased tax bill for unneeded park services
  • The added expense is an unwelcome tax increase for seniors living on a fixed income and residents who are already paying neighborhood fees for local recreation facilities.

 

The Cleveland Parks & Recreation proposal opens to the door to more tax increases

  • The “special use tax district” created by the proposal establishes a legal mechanism to assess new taxes on Cleveland area residents separately from the rest of the county.
  • The appointed district board may also have the power to issue new bonds, issue new notes and pursue installment financing on behalf of Cleveland residents.

 

The Cleveland Parks & Recreation proposal is a handout to the Greater Cleveland Athletic Association

  • Costs associated with establishing and maintaining athletic fields are transferred to area residents who are not members of GCAA

 

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