HOW DO FORECLOSURES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ADD TO OUR TAXES??? HOW MUCH IS "FEATHERBEDDING"???

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MAIL FROM THE VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS THIS A.M. MADE MY BLOOD BOIL!

WE ALL KNOW THAT FORECLOSED AND ABANDONED PROPERTIES ARE AN EYESORE.  BEFORE THE BANKS WHO OWN THESE PROPERTIES TAKE OVER MAINTENANCE (IF THEY DO) COUNTY OR CITY GOVERNMENTS OFTEN HAVE THE GRASS CUT TO DISCOURAGE VANDALS OR TO AVOID UNSIGHTLY APPEARANCE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD. 

OUR TAXES PAY FOR THESE GOVERNMENT SERVICES.   This is an example of how much we tax payers pay to have governments do ANYTHING.

HOW MUCH "FEATHERBEDDING" IS ADDED TO OUR LOCAL TAXES BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS???  

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At the Governor's Housing Conference in Richmond this week, Jennifer Leonard of the Center for Community Progress and Jeff Blackford from the Fairfax County Department of Code Compliance explained that yes, foreclosures put a lot of pressure on local governments too.

  • At the same time, cities and counties are seeing their code-enforcement costs go up - there are more vacant Lennhomes to board up, and more overgrown grass in front of more vacant homes that needs to be cut, for example. (For example, according to Blackford, Fairfax County spends $250-400 to mow a quarter-acre lot.) (emphasis added)
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    WHAT???  $400 TO MOW A 1/4 ACRE LOT???  NO WONDER COUNTY GOVERNMENTS WANT MORE AND MORE TAX MONEY. 

    Spending $250-400 to mow a 1/4 acre lot is a prime example of the excess of government, any government. Can't the folks in the government SEE that the fee is outrageous????

    I pay $100 to have a t a 1.6 acre lot mowed. No wonder there's no money. Far too much of our money is going through government hands where more than half of it goes for NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING except more government.

    If local governments are paying $250-$400 of our tax money to have a 1/4 acre lot mowed, the only logical explanation is that they are hiring their cousins and uncles.  If they are paying government staff to perform the duties that any neighborhood 16 year old could do, they must be using a staff of 3 to do a one many job. 

    We've seen many examples of local government excesses.  However, it hits home when it's in your back yard. 

    HOW MUCH DOES YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY TO HAVE THE GRASS CUT ON FORECLOSED PROPERTIES?

    Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988.

    EXAMPLE:  While driving down Greenbelt Road past NASA one day last Fall, I observed government employees planting Tulip Bulbs at the entrance.   There were 6 men involved in the operation.  One with a clipboard observing.  Two digging holes, one dropping the Tulip bulbs in the holes and one shoveling dirt over the bulbs.   This is a true story.  I was reaching for my camera when the light changed, so I missed it. 

     

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    Carol & Vance.  On the contrary.  Making your views known on this forum is making a contribution. 

    I was surprised when I read comments to this post from two members who thought I should keep my mouth shut unless I, I'm not sure what, ran for office or something.  Nonsense.  We're making a contribution by posting and commenting on matter when we find out about them.  Spread the word. 

    I am aware of two congressmen in my area that read what I publish. 

    November 24, 2010 02:14 PM
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    Steven Pahl
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    Judging by the appearance of most empty/abandoned homes in my market area our local municipalites are doing a great job conserving our tax dollars by not doing anything to improve the "curb appeal" of these homes!

    November 24, 2010 05:33 PM
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    Steven.  I believe that municipalities could easily manage to keep these properties up until the bank takes over and charge the bank, or perhaps not.  However, the expenditure should be sane.

    November 24, 2010 06:32 PM
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    Wayne B. Pruner
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    That is an outrageous price to mow a lawn. I hope they are at least adding a lien to the property and will eventually get reimbursed.

    November 27, 2010 10:08 PM
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    Wayne.  No matter.  Eventually, the taxpayers will pay.  Or, the subsequent buyer throught the pricing of the property by the bank owner.  The tax laws will protect the bank.  There is no protection for the poor taxpayer.

    November 28, 2010 06:36 AM
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