Petition to Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, Texas State Senate, Texas State House
Oppose School/Tax Choice
Do you support the state giving your tax dollars to private schools or homeschools? Do you support your tax dollars going to private schools when private "School Choice" is really School's Choice since they can reject students based on achievement, disability, gender, discipline issues, etc? If private schools take taxpayer vouchers, do you support their students being held accountable like public schools students are, i.e. STAAR or the new A-F school ranking system? Our Texas legislators are incorrectly using the term “School Choice,” especially since public charter schools would also lose funds in the new system. The term “Tax Choice” is more accurate, as a few people want to dictate how their taxes are spent. Ex: voucher or Education Savings Account (ESA): $5,500 per student X 3 children in a family = $16,500 per year $16,500 X 13 years of school K to 12 = $214,500 for three children Parents who choose to send their children to private schools should be able to do so, but taxpayers should not have to pay for other people’s private choices. It boils down to this question, in what other circumstance would you give $16,500 of public tax dollars to a parent to use on something other than what it was collected for? Please sign your name so we can send a clear message that parents do not want to fund “Tax Choice”!
Petition to Kathleen Wynne, Charles Sousa, Eleanor McMahon, Han Dong, Joe Cressy
Save 401 Richmond
401 Richmond Street West is a restored, heritage-designated, industrial building turned arts-and-culture hub in downtown Toronto. It is home to over 140 artists, cultural producers, social innovators, microenterprises, galleries, festivals, and shops. Now looming property tax increases threaten to price tenants out of this long-time sanctuary for dozens of Toronto's non-profit cultural organizations. "401 Richmond, a beloved downtown hub of non-profit culture organizations in a reclaimed factory, has been hit with a property tax increase that could spell its end." - The Toronto Star The Premier and others in her government need to take action and update provincial tax policy now in order to ensure the preservation of cultural centers like 401 Richmond. The last tax assessment is terrifyingly high -- it's now a matter of great urgency. "This building and its extraordinary roster of tenants was made possible through the generosity and vision of its owners - a rarity in Toronto, and an example the city needs! It must be protected!" - Vera Frenkel In 2012, UrbanSpace, the building’s owner, paid close to $447,000 in property taxes, with its rate increasing steadily to that point at 1 per cent per year. Then in 2013, it jumped to $520,280. By 2016, the bill was within a few hundred dollars of $700,000. Without some kind of intervention, the building’s 2017 tax bill will be $846,210.73. "City council has delivered a clear statement to the province: New provincial tax policy is necessary if we are going to protect and support important buildings like 401 Richmond," - Ward 20 Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy While UrbanSpace has absorbed the worst of the increases, tenants have shared some pain. And with taxes projected to go as high as $1.29 million by 2020.The only way for this address to pay the proposed tax is for the current building to be torn down and a 40-storey tower built to replace it -- action needs to be taken immediately. "Please don't let artists and creators be dispersed and driven out of the heart of the city! A totally sterile urban landscape is not what we need!" - Margaret Atwood Please sign and share this petition if you wish to protect 401 Richmond as well as other cultural and creative centers like it. To go the extra mile you can call and/or write to your MPP and tell them to change the provincial tax rules that inappropriately tax heritage buildings. What to Share on Social Media Link: http://save401richmond.com Hashtag: #save401richmond Twitter: @Kathleen_Wynne @SousaCharles @EMcMahonMPP @401Richmond Square Logo: http://bit.ly/2sUyjPZ *for Instagram sharing Full Logo: http://bit.ly/2sReLv7 Where to Send Letters Premier Kathleen Wynne Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 (Photo Eduardo Lima, Metro)
Petition to Eric Holcomb
Protections to Off-Set Gentrification's Displacement Effects.
There are a set of three property taxes proposals that can strongly benefit struggling communities in Indiana that are on the brink of having major market shifts. The two proposals would address securing the long-term residents place despite increased property values and the other would hold down property tax bills for new comers who buy properties in designated areas of depressed or endangered communities. The third would encourage home owners to fix up their homes both aesthetically but as well as in efficiency. Proposal One should provide a protection for people who have held title to their homes for 10 years or more or have held a land contract or some other means of legal convenience for at least 10 years and are living in a locally designated geographically specific area that is likely to see rapid property tax increases. The protection could best be implemented on having their taxes be based on their purchase price of the property plus the average annual growth up to the year of nonstandard property value increase. The property then would resume normal tax rates concurrent with the area upon the date of sale or transfer to a new owner. Proposal Two would allow local municipalities to designate geographically specific area that are severely under occupied (below 75% occupancy) and are facing crippling property value which would limit natural resurgence. Those who purchase primary residences of 1-4 units or build homes in the designated area would have a tax abatement for a period of 5 years. The life of the designated area status would be limited to a 5-year period limiting the tax revenue loss to a maximum of 10 years for the area and 5 years per location. The property owner who must be a resident of the property to claim the abatement sells the property in less than 15 years from the date of purchase or build completion must pay the accumulated taxes at the close of the sale. This by its self would encourage the person to re-invest those savings back into their home. Both proposals would encourage local residents to not fight the influx of new neighbors and on the same token encourage people to buy in early. Furthermore, this strategy would have a positive effect on the business community to locate near a resident stable community that can provide them employees and a significant customer base. Lifestyle based businesses such as restaurants, entertainment venues and recreation venues would also be attracted to the community. The final proposal would adopt a strategy that can be applied to the community in steps to encourage homeowners to fix up their properties to the new standard. There are already tax deductions that are available on the income tax to make homes energy efficient. However, what is missing is a credit that could encourage people in specific geographical areas that are severely under occupied (below 75% occupancy) and are facing crippling property value which would limit natural resurgence to fix up their homes. This credit could be funded by the new tax revenues created by rising property values. Understanding that if all three proposals passed that the new revenues would be limited for a period of time does not demean the value of this proposal as little to no revenues will be collected if values to not increase. Protecting against the Displacement Effects of Gentrification is Possible!
Petition to Butch Otter, Clifford Bayer, Grant Burgoyne, Dan Johnson, Mark Nye, Jim Patrick, Jim Rice, Jeff Siddoway, Steve Vick, Robert Anderst, Greg Chaney, Gary Collins, Thomas Dayley, Mathew Erpelding, John Gannon, Terry Gestrin, Stephen Hartgen, Clark Kauffman, Mike Moyle, Ronald Nate, Dell Raybould, Thyra Stevenson, Jeff Thompson, Caroline Troy, Janet Trujillo, Bart Davis, Michelle Stennett, Brent Hill, Scott Bedke, Shawn Keough, Lee Heider, Fred Wood, Thomas F. Loertscher
Improve Idaho's Property Tax System
We are looking for leadership in lawmaking. This is a bi-partisan petition from people who care deeply about their neighborhoods. Homeowners in many Boise neighborhoods feel that property taxes are going up so fast, we fear being forced out of our neighborhoods. Sharp increases make it harder for long-term residents to stay. Even newer residents are frustrated by annual increases that exceed inflation and income increases. If it keeps going this way, only the wealthy will be able to live here, destroying the diversity and character of our neighborhoods. We are not anti-taxes, just wanting fair taxes on what, for many of us, is our single largest investment. (No other investment instrument is taxed annually on possible, unrealized-sale value, as is real property in Idaho.) Like our country's founders, we need representation in our taxation. Please explore legislation that ties property tax percentage increases to something closer to residents’ real lives and ability to pay. Perhaps an improved basic matrix can include annual rate of inflation, household income, length of residence, or age. We need a new approach that does not penalize committed residents for staying in, paying for, and improving their homes and neighborhoods. The property tax appeals process, hardship exemptions, and the circuit breaker program do not meet our concerns. We are troubled by the current system, which requires leadership to correct. This situation affects the well-being of every Idaho homeowner. We are voters trying to let you know that many constituents think the system for taxation seems flawed and requires your attention. Please help. Note: This is not a complaint about public employees doing their jobs. We want a better system, with which everyone can work. Boise neighborhoods starting this petition include: North End, Highlands, Central Foothills, Sunset, Adams Street, Somerset, Rainbow Estates Subdivision, Harrison, Highlands Hackberry, Boise Heights, El Pilar, Collister, Highlands Hackberry on Torridon, and others. Thank you for representing us and caring about our neighborhoods.
Petition to Mac McCullough, Steve Thurber, Craig Fore, Allison Davis, Gary Barchfeld, John White, Cara McPartland
Special Election City of Wimberley Place 5 Council Person & City Sewer Tax Referendum
We are all saddened by John White's recent resignation from City Council Place 5. The citizens of the City of Wimberley request a special election be held as soon as administratively possible to select, by majority vote, the next council person for Place 5. Authority for requesting a Special Election for a General Law city, like Wimberley, can be found in the State of Texas Legislative Statutes. Don’t take my word for it, prove it to yourself by referring to section 22.010 item (C) of this link: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/LG/htm/LG.22.htm. When you read the section you will see that “in lieu of appointing a person to fill a vacancy on the governing body - i.e. City Council, a special election may be ordered to elect a person to fill the vacancy".Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t request a Special Election by signing this petition. It is your right to request the Mayor and City Council hold a Special Election. You should not give up your right to vote by letting anyone tell you a General Law City, like Wimberley, can’t hold a Special Election to fill a council vacancy. One of the goals of this petition is to ask the City Council to hold a Special Election in accordance with the law so you can exercise your right to vote and elect a City Council person for Place 5. Signing this petition allows you to formally request the City Council "discuss and decide” in a properly noticed open meeting if they will hold a Special Election to satisfy the will of the citizens to elect a Council Person for Place 5.The community is also very concerned about the required funding to accomplish the proposed City Sewer Managed Project. It is an understood economic fact the City Sewer Managed Project cannot be accomplished and paid for without the need for an Ad Valorem or other similar property tax. Even Peter Way mentioned as much in his letter to our Mayor. It is highly unlikely the Revenue Bond approach the City has proposed as a means to fund the City Managed Sewer Project provides sufficient revenue for the City to use as collateral to secure the necessary up front capital loan required for the design and build phases of the City Managed Sewer Project.To put a finer point on the need for a Special Election, you should know that as a General Law City, we are legally permitted to have a vote for an Ad Valorem tax rate increase since the tax is already enacted as a City of Wimberley ordinance at 0% rate. By law, any increase to the tax from the current 0% rate can and should be voted on by the citizens. As we know, Ad Valorem at an effective rate other than 0% and up to 1.5% per $100 of assessed valuation, which is the absolute maximum tax rate a General Law City can enact, is around the corner if we proceed with the City Managed Sewer Project.If the necessary Ad Valorem tax rate is approved, the City would proceed with the City Sewer Managed project as planned. If the necessary Ad Valorem tax rate is NOT approved, the City would proceed with the Aqua Texas proposed sewer solution. In either event, the City retains the right to NOT pursue any sewer solution.The second goal of this petition is to have the City Council involve the citizens in the City Sewer Managed Project decision-making process that will ultimately be paid for by the citizens through an Ad Valorem or some other form of property tax. By you signing this petition, you are requesting the City Council actively engage you in the decision-making process by allowing you to exercise your right vote in a Special Election for the Ad Valorem tax rate increase required to fund the City Managed Sewer Project.Please don’t let anyone take your right to vote away. Sign the petition now to request the City Council approve a Special Election for you to exercise your right to vote for City Council Person Place 5 and the Ad Valorem Tax rate increase required to fund the City Sewer Managed Project. You are legally entitled to exercise your right to vote. Don't let anyone take that right away. Sign the petition now to have your voice heard. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) What are the goals of this petition?This petition has two primary goals. The first goal is to request the Mayor and City Council hold a Special Election to allow citizens to exercise their legal right to vote for a Place 5 City Council Person. The second goal is to request a ballot item in the Special Election to allow citizens to vote on the Ad Valorem Tax rate increase required to fund the City Managed Sewer Project. Why do we need a Special Election?The current incumbent for City Council Place 5, John White, recently resigned. There are still 23 months left before the Place 5 position comes up for a regular election. The Citizens of Wimberley have the right to select, by majority vote, the candidate to fill Place 5 now. The only legal way citizens can vote for a Place 5 City Council Person is in a Special Election. I was told that Wimberley can’t have a Special Election, is this true?Absolutely not true. By law Wimberley can and should have a Special Election. The only requirement is that the citizens make their will known to the Mayor and City Council so they can discuss and decide in a properly noticed meeting to have a Special Election. How do I make my interest in a Special Election known to the City Council?By signing this petition and voting in a Special Election. I’m told Special Elections are expensive?Special Elections are no more expensive than regular elections. When the City incorporated, it became the City's responsibility to ensure elections are held so the citizens can exercise their right to vote. The City has the legal responsibility to make sure your voting rights are protected and a special election is part of that requirement. Why should I sign this petition?You should sign this petition because you are wanting to exercise your legal right to vote. Specifically, you have a legal right to vote to elect a City Council Person for Place 5 and you have a legal right to vote on the required Ad Valorem tax increase required to fund the City Sewer Managed Project. What happens if I don’t sign the petition?If you don’t sign the petition, you are giving away your right to vote on the selection of a City Council person for Place 5 and your right to vote on the Ad Valorem tax increase required to fund the City Sewer Managed Project. Specifically, you are telling the Mayor and City Council to make the decision for you. If I sign this petition, am I agreeing to have an Ad Valorem Tax?No. By signing the petition you are NOT agreeing to have an Ad Valorem Tax. You should know that the City already has an Ad Valorem Tax. The Ad Valorem Tax ordinance was passed during Mayor Thurber’s Administration. The current Ad Valorem Tax rate is set to 0%. By signing the petition you are notifying the City Council that you want to exercise your legal right to vote during a Special Election to any increase in the Ad Valorem Tax rate that may be required to fund the City Sewer Managed Project. If I sign this petition, am I agreeing to the City Sewer Managed Project?No. By signing the petition you are NOT agreeing to the City Sewer Managed Project. By signing the petition you are notifying the City Council that you want to exercise your legal right to vote during a Special Election to any increase in the Ad Valorem Tax rate that may be required to fund the City Sewer Managed Project. If I sign this petition, am I agreeing to the Aqua Texas Sewer Project?No. By signing the petition you are NOT agreeing to the Aqua Texas Sewer Project. By signing the petition you are notifying the City Council that you want to exercise your legal right to vote during a Special Election to any increase in the Ad Valorem Tax rate that may be required to fund the City Sewer Managed Project. If the Ad Valorem Tax rate increase is not accepted by the majority of those voting, the City can either select the Aqua Texas Sewer Project solution, which does not require additional tax based funding as the best solution, or decide not to have a sewer solution for the City of Wimberley. What happens when I sign this petition?The petition and signatures are automatically sent to the Mayor, City Council, and Acting City Administrator. The petition results will be discussed at a City Council meeting and a decision will be made on the Special Election. Is there any urgency in me signing this petition?Yes. There a short time frame for you to sign the petition. Our Mayor has already said he is interested in making a decision by the July 6, 2017 City Council Meeting. Time is of essence. Sign the petition now if you are interested in exercising your voting rights in a Special Election. How many people need to sign this petition for the City Council to consider having a Special Election?There is no fixed number of people needed to sign the petition for the City Council to consider having a Special Election. However, the more people that sign the petition, the more weight the petition request carries and the less likely the City Council is to ignore or dismiss the Special Election request. We need everyone interested in exercising their legal right to vote to sign the petition. Is there any disadvantage or downside to me signing this petition?No. There is no downside or disadvantages to signing the petition. However, be aware that if you do NOT sign the petition, you are giving away your right to vote on the selection of a City Council person for Place 5 and you are giving away your right to vote on any Ad Valorem tax increase required to fund the City Sewer Managed Project. What else can I do to help?The most important thing you can do to help is to sign the petition yourself and have your family, friends, and neighbors sign the petition. Please tell your family, friends, and neighbors about the petition and send them the link provided below so they can sign the petition.https://www.change.org/p/mayor-cityofwimberley-com-special-election-city-of-wimberley-place-5-council-person-city-sewer-tax-referendum-de145787-dab9-4d89-8f1b-eca972c4ea54?recruiter=696261116&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive