property tax

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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: Hashtag: #save401richmond Twitter: @Kathleen_Wynne @SousaCharles @EMcMahonMPP @401Richmond Square Logo: *for Instagram sharing Full Logo: Where to Send Letters Premier Kathleen Wynne Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 (Photo Eduardo Lima, Metro)

Phil Tucker
12,638 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, Mike Pence

Investigate Illinois Lawmakers!

To Whom it May Concern, We are writing to you today as alarmed citizens, of the once great state of Illinois. As you are aware, our state has been in a financial crisis, for quite some time, and has been without a budget for three years. We are currently awaiting the house vote on an incredibly unbalanced budget, that proposes a permanent 32% tax increase, with no substantial spending reform. Mike Madigan is the one responsible for the budget proposal, and currently resides in Cook County. I bring this to light, as the constituents of Illinois are more than just Chicago. We are hard working families, farmers, children, teachers, and the elderly. We are more than the Chicago Skyline, Cubs, Lakeshore Drive, and Lake Michigan. We are corn, soy beans, wind energy, corn by products, coal, and oil. We are the State of Illinois, we are contributing to the world with all of the above referenced products, and not just with Caterpillar and State Farm. This budget impacts us in numerous ways, we will go into just a few. Our schools are currently owed hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state. Our doctors and hospitals are currently owed astronomical amounts, for past due Medicaid payments. Entities that get funding from the state of Illinois, have not seen the needed funds to operate properly. The proposed budget does not address ANY of the backlogged bills this state has. The state and local government owes, $203 billion, for retiree's pension, and health insurance. (The Illinois Policy Institute) Illinois is under review by Moodys, as the state has already been downgraded to one level above junk status, after last month's ruling that the state has to properly fund it's Medicaid obligations. ( In 2016 the state of Illinois had 7,499 teachers/administrators, that were collecting $100,000 or more, in pensions. Those 7,499 "highly compensated" school administrator/teachers cost the state $900 million in 2015. ( Illinois $100k+ teacher pensions). With the problem to only continue to worsen, as Illinois is expected to have, 10,000 "highly compensated" school administrators/teachers, in 2017. Next, we would like talk about Mike Madigan, and his conflict of interest, when it comes to property taxes. Mike Madigan, has been speaker of the house, for all but 2 years since 1983. Madigan has pushed legislators to raise property taxes, while using his business as a tax attorney, to secure $58 million in tax cuts, for well connected Chicago and suburban Cook county property owners, from 2003 to 2013. (Chicago Sun Times) We call Logan County Illinois, home, and as of 2015, 14.2 percent of our county lives below the poverty line. Our median household income in Logan County, as of 2015, was $50,539. Neighboring counties are close to these numbers as well. That said, our property taxes are between $2,000 and $3,000 per household. While Madigan is busy with the taxes, there are other legislators busy with earmarks for projects in their home districts. For instance, Senator Dale Righter, was the only republican senator to vote to approve the $36.5 billion budget. Without his help, this budget would have failed. There is an amendment that was added to the budget at the last minute, that has an earmark of more than $4.8 million, for remodeling projects at Illinois Eastern University, which is in Righter's home district. The spending was in an amendment, which is more than 600 pages long, and appears to contain hundreds of similar projects, totaling at least, in the hundreds of millions of dollars. (Illinois News Network). In writing this, we are asking for help from our Federal government, as our state government continues to fail the hard working men and women of Illinois. We need transparency, we need reform, we need term limits, we need NO NEW OR INCREASED TAXES, we need to cut back on spending, and frivolous expenditures, and we need an immediate investigation into the malfeasance, and mismanagement of taxpayer funds. We are begging for help, there are many, many, more issues that we the people face, and we would appreciate the opportunity to discuss them, at any time. Help us drain our swamp! Respectfully, Kristen Prudhomme, San Jose IL. Gina Abner, San Jose IL.

Gina Abner
7,000 supporters
Started 1 year ago

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!

Riverside Civic League
54 supporters
Started 1 year ago

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.  

Idaho Property Tax Payers
128 supporters