My oh my, our politicians love to sneak the “continuous levies” by the voters. A little sleight of hand trick, hoping that the un-knowledgeable voter will not see the deception. A particular Concord Trustee apparently is very fond of them since he has his “fingerprints” all over at least three that we experienced in the last few years. He is so enamored by them we have dubbed him “Mr. Continuous”……gee. maybe we should not “judge” him, but we hear that he wants to “judge” us in the future.
Here is an article that we wrote in 2018, and was published in the News-Herald regarding “Continuous Levies”.
It is important that taxpayers understand the terms used to describe a property tax levy that will surely appear on a future ballot. Each property tax levy must state the millage, that is the tax rate to be charged, and the period of time that the tax will be collected.
It the tax levy uses the phrase for a “continuing period of time”, “CPT”, or “continuous”, that means that the tax levy has no expiration date. The property tax will be collected FOREVER, and the voters will be giving up their right to hold the political sub-division accountable for their actions with the taxpayers’ money.
There is a disturbing trend in our communities with the political sub-divisions adding the term “continuing period of time” to their renewal levies, or using “continuous” even with their brand new levies. We highly recommend that taxpayers not give up their right to future votes on property tax levies.
If we stay on our current path of ever-increasing property tax levies, we will price seniors and those living on fixed incomes out of their homes that they have worked all their lives to achieve.
Please vote no on all levies that are for a “continuing period of time”.