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County Commissioners drive what may be the final nail in 2020 coffin

June 12, 2014

To the editor: Last year, the County Commissioners gave most Conservation 2020 Program revenues to developers by redirecting all 2020 funds to the general fund (only Commissioner John Manning......

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anticorp

Aug-03-14 5:47 PM

johngalt, where is your proof Conservation 2020 has increased property taxes on privately held parcels? No, I’m not holding my breath on this one.

I could just as accurately state Conservation 2020 has held down property taxes on privately held parcels with just as much proof as you’ll bring to the table. There is a linear logic to my position. By improving the environment you save on mitigation and restoration as well as “really” improving the tax base because of the desirability of the pristine effect, as opposed to corporate degrading.

What is the logic to “your opinion?”

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johngalt

Jun-14-14 8:15 AM

ConJob 2020 was to be a temporary program. It had noble origins, by design no doubt. Once the cash began to flow the career liars, cheats, & sociopaths moved in. It has reduced the amount of taxable land in the county and increased property taxes privately held parcels. The program overpaid for properties that no doubt benefited something or someone other than its stated intent. After years of corruption they placed a “freeze” on acquisitions. But the money kept flowing in. All that money! So we’ll just steal it outright says the current commission, no much of a surprise there. The program as acquired nearly 25,000 acres (nearly 40 square miles) and has fueled the religion of environmentalism locally, enough already! The sun sets every day, it is time for 2020 to sunset. Mission accomplished.

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Raydunavant

Jun-14-14 7:43 AM

Why aren't these people in jail?

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ccrider

Jun-13-14 3:07 PM

The 20/20 fund was created by a non-binding referendum in 1996 that utilized a separate millage rate tax. The time period covered by the referendum was 7 years. Since 2003, the County has continued to collect the tax without further authorization from the taxpayers, and both the acquisition fund and the maintenance fund have continued to receive annual funding support. The latter, if no additional funds were to be collected, would last for over 20 years at the current expenditure rate. Even with the 'raiding' of the funds last year, they were still replenished through the collection of the ad valorem taxes this year, in any case. It is time for another, binding, referendum for this tax to allow the resident taxpayers the right to determine if this is still a viable, and valuable, take.

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