Property tax hikes hurt your pocketbook
Increased property taxes in Volusia County and cities, such as Ormond Beach, are going to hurt all property owners. When governments take more from you, the private citizen, the overall economy suffers one drip at a time. What may seem insignificant to the multimillion dollar budgets of local government is a household budget for others.
Consumer goods and services, such as food, energy and shelter are increasing in price. All property owners are keenly aware of increased prices and taxes. Our ability to trade for goods and services come from the money we have earned. The governments of Volusia force you to pay for things like multimillion dollar pet projects, and then take a photo-op at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. If you don't pay, you lose in real estate.
The real estate market has not recovered. The slight increase in property values is a result of the Federal Reserve's subsidy of the housing market. The fake recovery is a false signal, just like the housing boom and bust a few years ago. The low interest rates and expanded credit for purchasing and re-financing a home in Volusia will not last forever. The next housing bubble is right around the corner.
Increasing any and all property taxes for Volusia County or Ormond Beach is economically debilitating. The only responsible position to take is: no increase in the property tax. A second housing bubble with higher tax rates will repeat what we all have experienced during the past several years. Why should our elected officials do this to us, again?
Alan Burton, Volusia County Republican State Committeeman, Ormond Beach
The Jewish Federation wants to say thank you for the recent blessings they received from the community at large. One hundred percent of funding received goes to purchase school supplies and food. We thank Florida Hospital, Sun Trust Bank and Futures for their in-kind donations of school supplies. We thank everyone who funded these two programs, especially the following foundations:
We met the match from the Abram and Ray Kaplan Foundation of $25,000 for the school supply project even though the match came in after June and we had already collected a lot of funds towards the school supply project.
Thank you to Publix Charities Inc. for the grant of $6,000 -- $3,000 for the school supply project and $3,000 for the Jerry Doliner Food Bank.
The $10,000 grant we received from Winn-Dixie for the Jerry Doliner Food Bank.
The $3,000 grant we received from the Darden Restaurant for the Jerry Doliner food Bank.
We helped 6,950 local students in elementary, middle and high school receive quality backpacks filled with school supplies appropriate to their age.
We are continuing to give a week-and-a-half in dated food, according to the size of the family, to the less fortunate in Volusia and Flagler counties.
Gloria Max, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties, Ormond Beach