I’ll just note Abdul’s paragraph:
Danielsâ€™ claim is that he balanced THE STATEâ€™S budget without a tax increase, which is accurate. The Governor did not raise state taxes. His adminstration held the line on spending. Danielsâ€™ opponents argue that he did that by balancing the stateâ€™s budget on the back of local governments by holding back property tax replacement revenue which led to the massive increase in last summerâ€™s tax bills. Actually that was only part of it, fundamentally what led to the increase in tax bills was the assessments and local government spending, which is where 99 percent of your property taxes go anyway. And that sales tax increase was to help pay for property tax relief and the stateâ€™s assumption of a number of levies such as child welfare and police pensions.
My hackles go up whenever I hear the property tax blamed primarily on local government. Because:
Only about 25% of the 24% average increase (6% then, I suppose) has to do with local tax levies. The remaining 18% of the average increase has to do with a shift in the tax burden (from State to Local and from Business to Residential).