Let them know how much they are paying

Many El Pasoans live in apartments and thus do not see the amount of property tax that they are paying because the taxes are buried in their rent.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea for the city to pass an ordinance requiring landlords to inform their tenants about how much property tax they are paying?

Maybe then we would have less voter apathy.

We deserve better

Brutus

13 Responses to Let them know how much they are paying

  1. Gasman says:

    While we are at it, require gas stations to share how much of a gallon of gas is levied in taxes

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    • John Dungan says:

      The percentage of the cost of a gallon of gasoline that is actually taxes is not held secret. Are you saying that you are unaware of the breakdown yourself? You might want to do some research.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    asking politicians to be honest? sure, that will go over big…

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  3. tim says:

    So if the property tax paid by the property owner should be credited to the renter, should the income taxes paid by workers be credited to the consumers of the product or services purchased?

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    • Ticked off taxpayer says:

      The blog post doesn’t propose property taxes be credited to renters. It just suggests renters should be able see the impact property taxes have on their rent cost so that understand that free stuff provided by the city isn’t really free.

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      • tim says:

        first sentence

        “Many El Pasoans live in apartments and thus do not see the amount of property tax that they are paying because the taxes are buried in their rent.”

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  4. John Dungan says:

    Brutus, making renters more aware of the property taxes at any given location is not going to make them less apathetic. The only way to have an active electorate is education, and that would begin with reintroducing Civics classes to public schools, and encouraging more student involvement in their campus activities.

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    • Still Trying says:

      Sadly have to agree…just getting folks registered to vote does very little to improve turnout. I discovered last year when working to register UTEP students that few knew anything about the election other than Beto was running…didn’t know that there were city council elections, for example, or that there was early voting…etc..

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Agree, John Dungan. After every election, always wonder, “who voted for him, her, that”? People here are not prone to “Change”. When was the first time, last time a REPUBLICAN was elected to anything, local, State? It’s just “simpler, easier” to vote straight Democrat.. They are the people with the most “Promises”. No education, thinking, decisions required. And then we have so many “Carpet baggers” here, City Manager, “Consultants”, Mountain Star Sports, School officials hired at outrageous salaries, give aways, from “Some where else”. People that WE have no vote, control, say about. But just like the politicians here. Just people that “do stuff to US” and have no “dog in the fight”, no interest in the City or US and only here, in a job to take what they can get from US. And then we have THOUSANDS living here illegally, who pay NO taxes, fees, cost of anything. Have been here over 30 years and the ONLY thing that ever changes is the names of the politicians, carpet baggers that TAKE from US. Tax, waste, spend, INCREASE taxes. NOTHING ever gets better for the PEOPLE.

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    • Fact says:

      Your current mayor is a Republican. Just because you don’t like him and don’t agree with some of his decisions doesn’t mean he is not a Republican.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Maybe he is a Republican. Mostly he’s just a bench warmer. “Go along, get along”. And he is as much “Tax, waste, spend, tax’em MORE” as any of the rest of THEM. HE does nothing for US. Just another politician in a suit, no different that all the other ClownCouncil that sit on their elevated throne, uh, pedestal, whatever.

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  6. Fact says:

    Your current mayor is a Republican. Just because you don’t like him and don’t agree with some of his decisions doesn’t mean he is not a Republican.

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  7. Seriously? You think that city clowncil would give up the shield voluntarily in the interest of transparency to the public? That’s like asking Congress to set term limits.

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