Clay County Commissioner Porter to propose 50% drop in property tax levy

Posted: November 9, 2010 in Clay County
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I received this from Clay County Eastern Commissioner Katee Porter the other day. It appears that Ms. Porter would like to help us Clay Countians out a little bit with a large cut in our property taxes and is demanding a reduction in government spending. OK, I’m game!

I want to congratulate all the winners in Tuesday’s election. I look forward to working with the newly elected Republican officeholders in reducing both taxes & spending in Clay County government.

It is my intention to propose reducing the County property tax levies a minimum of 50 %, in addition to a 5% across the board reduction in county spending for 2011. I hope we will have the cooperation of all the County’s elected officeholders & department heads in making these spending reductions.

Tuesday, the voters of Clay County sent a clear message to their elected officials.It is time to restore fiscal responsibility to the Clay County Budget.

I want to congratulate all the winners in Tuesday’s election. I look forward to
working with the newly elected Republican officeholders in reducing both taxes &
spending in Clay County government.

It is my intention to propose reducing the County property tax levies a minimum
of 50 %, in addition to a 5% across the board reduction in county spending
for 2011. I hope we will have the cooperation of all the County’s elected
Officeholders & Department heads in making these spending reductions.

Tuesday, the voters of Clay County sent a clear message to their elected officials.
It is time to restore fiscal responsibility to the Clay County Budget.

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Comments
  1. JR says:

    I would love to see property taxes reduced. But before this can happen the county needs to pay its bills first! According to information we all received in the election campaign of Pam Mason, the county has been shorting the road districts. It’s no wonder the streets and roads look the way they do when money is witheld! Do we have to live through another lawsuit when they’ve already been told that they’re in violation? Not sure how many people recall the last suit but the courts were very direct. Now we find out the county has disregarded this court order?! Pay your bills county and fix the roads!

    • ClayCoMOPolitics says:

      JR from Ms. Mason’s responses on the Midwest Democracy Project: “I will lead by making it known that Clay County is open for business, cut wasteful programs, cut taxes to zero and fully fund county roads and bridges and law enforcement.” I believe Ms. Porter is just trying to help her out.

      Read more: http://midwestdemocracyproject.org/candidates/pam-mason/survey-results/#ixzz14njxXheV

      • slagforcedelta says:

        Notice what the release says: Commissioner Porter cynically makes it sound as if the whole property tax bill will be reduced by half,

        It won’t.

        School property taxes make up 94 to 95 percent of your County property tax bill. Cutting the County tax levy 50 percent means the average homeowner’s property tax bill will decrease $3 to $10 per year depending on what school district one lives in.

        But it sounds like folks are going to get a big break!

        We saw this happen several years ago when the commission put a vote before the public and eliminated the county property tax. Taxpayers got their bills, called the county and said “there’s a mistake I got a bill” and learned the commission had politically played them.

        If eneacted, it will be a big hit. The loss of revenue will cripple the sheriff’s department which is the department with the most employees. Next will be parks and then the highway department.

        This is a very bad idea, Commissioner Porter.

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