Repeal Essex County's Land Use Tax-The Hidden Tax Help Put Out The Fire

Repeal Essex County's Land Use Tax-The Hidden Tax Help Put Out The Fire

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Reese Peck started this petition to Taxpayers of Essex County Virginia

Our Commissioner of the Revenue, Tommy Blackwell, recently updated his annual analysis of the cost of land use taxation program to the taxpayers of Essex County. According to his report, the program has cost the taxpayers of Essex County over $12 million dollars so far - with over a third of the money flowing to out of county addresses! People in such far away places as New Fairfield, CT, Athens, GA, Prattsville, TN, Mesquite, NV, Jackson, MS, Raleigh, NC, Niskayuana, NY, just to name a few are receiving your hard earned $$$$$'s. To put this in perspective, this is more than we collect in real estate taxes in an entire year. 

What is this $12 million give away getting the taxpayers of the County? According to the Department of Forestry's web page - nothing! According to the Virginia Tech researchers cited on their web page, land use taxation has no economic benefit to the community, it only shifts the tax burden to residential properties!

Essex County’s is in desperate need of creating a fair and equitable tax structure for all of its citizens. It is time to put an end to the land use hoax!

See whose taxes you are paying this year at (deferred taxes is what you are now responsible for paying): http://www.essex-Virginia.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_62876/File/Landuse%20Book.pdf

The term "Deferred Taxes" is our County's part in this Hoax. The fact is that less than one-third of 1% of "deferred land use taxes" are ever collected. Does that sound like "deferred" to you?

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