Alright, maybe they don’t hate it, but I’m sure they don’t like it. And the reason I think this is because of the Missoula County Democrats’ Facebook Page:
You can’t post to this group anymore!
Now, if I go and visit the first three groups that appeared on my left sidebar, I can see that each of those disparate groups allows me to make a post:
Well good, Goddamn it, good! You and the county commissioners and the mayor should be insulted, because homeowners have been insulted something fierce. Taxes have gone up by 60% over the past ten years, and yet quality of life has gone down.
What are we paying for…and why are we paying so much? This fall the schools will be asking for another $158 million, and property owners are getting sick of it…that’s clear from the comments in the Missoulian. I hope you read them, but what it boils down to is people on fixed incomes feeling the squeeze, and not having enough money to get by. And let’s face it, just about anyone can be on a fixed income…that’s what years of no pay raises are! (let's not even get into pay raises being negated by insurance cost increases)
Imagine you’re a senior citizen, however, one that has absolutely no one else. Perhaps you never had kids, and your husband has already died. No other relatives, no real friends you can count on for help, because let’s face it, they’re either in the home or in the same boat as you. At least you have that government check coming in each month, and by scrimping and saving you can get by each month and still get those taxes on the house paid each quarter. That is until it gets to the point that they’ve been raised so much that you now have to pay $2,000 more this year.
Where is this $2,000 supposed to come from? I’ll admit that’s a rather arbitrary number, but to someone on a fixed income, even $500 can mean a lot. That’s how you get behind on taxes, and get your home sold out from under you, like this poor woman in Missoula in 2012 that CNN profiled:
One elderly Montana woman, who lived alone and had no close family to help her, fell more than $5,000 behind on taxes, the report said. After she failed to respond to letters from the company that bought her home in a tax sale, she was evicted from her Missoula home. As a result, she lost about $150,000 in equity in the property, according to the report.
That’s not the America I want to be a part of, but that’s what we’ve become. What happened to us?
I’ll continue to discuss these issues, even though I know many hate to see that. They hate it when their corruption is brought to light, when their system of crony-capitalism is exposed for what it is. Well, as FDR said in 1936, “I welcome their hatred.”