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Barborak fights Homestead Exemption elimination

September 19, 2013

LISBON — State Rep. Nick Barborak wants to stop reinstatement of an income requirement needed to qualify for an automatic property tax break available to the disabled or anyone once they turn 65....

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Sep-20-13 9:00 PM

Swager The problems with education is not how we are taxed to fund it. It don't make a whole lot difference which pocket they pick to fund it, we are still going to pay. Changing the funding method is not really the answer. The problem is the system is too expensive to operate and does not do the job it should. Both of which are caused by government controls and mandates. We need to get the Federal and State government out of the local school district's operation or we will never see any improvements.

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Sep-20-13 4:14 PM

Barborak must think it is ok to double tax these same affected people with the unconstitutional school taxes. Just a diversion folks. If he and any other so called representative actually cared about their districts they'd have fixed this a long time ago. Some counties did it in defiance of the state. Imagine having to defy both parties and have a judge force the law to be followed. None of these politicians deserve a paycheck.

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Sep-20-13 2:45 PM

"And make it simple and fair. Just give any homeowner over the age of 65 years of age, a fair percentage off their entire property tax. No fuss, no muss." That is the way it is now at least until 2014. What the state is doing is going back to making the senior homestead tax break an income tested discount. Actually what Barborak is doing is fighting to keep the exemption for all people 65 and over as it is now. Imagine that a democrat fighting for a tax break without putting an income limit on it!! I don't care if he is doing it for political gain or not. What he is doing is the right thing to do. I hope he is successful. I really don't get his reason being,that the State is going to have a surplus. The majority of property taxes go to the local schools not the State.

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Sep-20-13 11:18 AM

Why in the heck don't they just do away with the entire joke.

And make it simple and fair. Just give any homeowner over the age of 65 years of age, a fair percentage off their entire property tax. No fuss, no muss.

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Sep-20-13 11:14 AM

Oh great, Booborak is going to be one of those drama queen politicians. The horror of it, those evil republicans cheeped into the halls in the middle of the night and slaughtered 12% of Seniors making over $30,000!! He voted no no no after he was able to sneak through an open window and catch them in the act!!! All the "poor" and retired politicians with salaries and retirements off the backs of the poor declared him a hero for saving them a tax on that first $25,000 on their million dollar homes!!! They cry in unison, we are an "effected group", we don't how we would have survived this terrible economy, we are struggling, those nasty taxpayers don't pay us enough, we deserve that TAX BREAK...HAIL BOOBRACK!!!

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Sep-19-13 8:16 AM

I agree the income test for this exemption is wrong. a persons primary home should not be taxed at all regardless of income or age but if we have to have a test for income who determined that 30,000 is "wealthy" that is slightly above the poverty level. With the increased cost to senior health care caused by the so called affordable health care act all seniors need all the help they can get.

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Sep-19-13 7:15 AM

NS I am a little confused by what you just said. If we are going to have a fair and equal tax plan how much money someone has should not have any bearing on the how much property tax they have to pay. I agree with Mr. Barborak's desire to do away with the income test on this, although I am a little confused by his stand too. I thought the democrats motto was "let the rich pay a little more". Where are our tax cutting republicans on this? They seem to like to talk a good talk but where is their walk on this one. O I forgot they are the ones that dreamed up that returning to income testing for tax exemption for the disabled and retired. I think our republican brethern speak with forked tongue.

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