Here is Taxes from Clare's site.
first, I said very little about the taxes in my emails. I mostly
presented the views of 2 candidates, and followed up by quoting a
letter I received from a Tax collector in a neighboring township.
here goes. Yes I did initially say taxes had gone up by 25% but this was an
error which I corrected within a couple of days, to 13.58%.
follows an incredible piece of incomprehensible wriggling from Clare.
I would have thought it blindingly obvious how you calculate
taxes paid per head. You take the total taxes paid, which
astoundingly, should be exactly the same as the total tax receipts and
then you divide this amount by the total number of inhabitants.
Nothing could be simpler. You get tax paid per head.
has no necessary connection with mill rates or any other tax rates for
that matter. The only thing that worries most people is how much
money is being taken from their pockets.
Yes Clare has a point
about population changes. The figures were the best available at
the time and yes they were based on the previous census the
figures but Clare, when you make your calculations based on West
Vincent's population increase, remember that most townships had
population increases too so West Vincent's position at or near the top in the table of high
tax paying townships remains much the same. See my letter of 15 May.
follows with an amazing statement, that it is not necessarily a good
thing when taxes per head go down. Whoa, hold on there Clare, you
mean it is a GOOD THING when taxes go up? Really?
accuses the candidates she is complaining about, Hester and Holderness,
of deliberately mixing tax rates and tax receipts. Hold it there Clare,
again! You are the one that brought in tax rates to confuse the
issue - the two candidates have only referred to tax paid, never to tax
rates. They never mentioned tax rates, you did. And yes, they do
know what they are talking about when it comes to numbers, since, as you
correctly point out, the one was a teacher, the other is an accountant.
gives what she says are the numbers that matter, the tax rates.
Look Clare. To me, and probably most other people, actual tax
rates are unimportant. I don't care what the tax rates are. It's the amount I pay, the amount that
comes out of my pocket, that's what I care about.
And my last
point. You might imagine that the tax collector of a neighboring
township might have some idea about taxes? Ben LaGarde wrote "I was asked for my opinion on this since I am the Tax
Collector in nearby Upper Uwchlan Township. For what it’s
worth, Ms. Holderness’ methods make sense to me and take all
municipal tax variations into account. West Vincent does
appear to be highly taxed, no matter how one looks at it."
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