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By Thornton Crowe
The other week I got an interesting email where our illustrious boy wonder Mayor Jake Day was touting that property values have gone up an astounding $133K on average per home since 2016. I found this number to be quite extraordinary given the City is in a state of such disarray and so quick to unload it's $2M+ valued commercial properties for a nice $5K (see Feldman building sale) to friends. Fascinated by this idea, I did a little digging of my own, looking up property values around town (within the city limits).
From what I found on the SDAT site, property valuations were actually substantially lower than original purchase prices and holding steady (or lower) for tax assessments for most of the properties -- even those bought within the last year.
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Remembered when Day claimed in his recent illegal budget, a tax cut for owner-occupied homes, which angered his
In essence, the whole tax-reduction/home values rising rubbish proves to be nothing more than a big ruse and as you can see from the various articles on image to the right, the real estate community is not in agreement with Day's rising home pricing statements.
Ah, as if it couldn't get much worse... the fees go upward, too!
A lot of older folks are complaining about how ambulance service fees have gone through the roof. One number floating is $495.00 for the ambulance (which almost always comes with a fire engine and crew, too) to show up at your home - even if you press your "Help I've fallen and I can't get up" button by accident. A problem for seniors whose insurance companies generally will not cover this expense in false alarm events.
Think about it, $500.00 for a service that used to be covered in full by taxes? For-profit emergency services, who would've thunk it? Incidentally, it makes it easy to attach liens to older folks' property when they don't pay their emergency service bills, too!
Since when did this become the new way to fleece older citizens who use this service more frequently than any other demographic? Simply brilliant considering most elderly in our community are on fixed incomes and the demo shows we are now in a quasi-retirement area!
Demspeak: Ain't life grand?
It never ceases to amaze how Day can actually say these things with a straight face, acting like he's done some grand service for you. He looks you square in the eye and tells you he's cutting your taxes while gleaming with excitement about home values going up, thus, knowing you won't see any difference in your tax bill other than perhaps an increase!
If this isn't a professional politician with a gift for Libspeak, what is? Just how stupid does Jake Day think you is? (For all you grammar authoritarians, I meant that grammatical mistake for emphasis.)
I'm just a man asking questions - and this week I didn't much care for the answers I found...
UPDATE: Below I have put the full image of Day's Message here because I noticed many of you were attempting to read it all.
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