Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

As they have no idea how to balance a budget and always need more money for their pockets and think our pockets are lined with gold and deep, NO!

May 17, 2020 05:54 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Elected officials are always looking to raise more revenue. 

May 17, 2020 06:56 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If a city was properly managed, they would make & save money similar to a lower to middle class family does i.e. become good stewards of what they have. Good management is often hard to find or compromised. Who picks up the slack? The consumer who at first balks then over-time accepts the increase. Taking and making what we have work smarter not harder is key

May 17, 2020 06:19 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

They don't care or understand that it will make it more unaffordable for the buyer. Cities just need the revenue & don't give a hoot how they get it.

I am waiting for our town to start doing weird stuff because 1% of the tax comes out of a huge mall which is not creating revenue right now. Is the current budget going to handle it? Bet not.

May 17, 2020 05:51 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Real Estate on all levels from builders to, REALTORS to Landlords are being taxed and tasked with much of the bailout...yet they want stricter building codes and lower fees. Middle finger in the air, we salute the politicians.

May 17, 2020 07:55 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

misguided is an understatement and about as polite as you could have referred to it. I can think of some terms not as flattering.

May 17, 2020 07:53 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Looks like they may be pricing buying consumers right out of the market. A shame, really!

May 17, 2020 06:53 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

They dont care who pays for it, they just look at it as an easy tax to pass.

May 18, 2020 03:26 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Way to increase housing costs and deter new construction!  I see California is rubbing off on them.  Sorry.

May 17, 2020 08:40 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The builder does actually pay those fees ... and then pass them on to buyers.

As for the "thinking" part of the question - it appears none give a rats bottom - they only focus on getting re-elected because they don't live by the same insanity they create. 

May 17, 2020 07:22 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Who do you think is really going  to pay for the stimulus money being handed out by various levels of government at the same time tax revenue is way down?


May 17, 2020 07:12 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Politicians can create a balanced budget on dreams that seldom come true!

May 18, 2020 04:14 AM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

An 86% increase. Expect sales of new homes to slow beginning in 6 months or so..

May 18, 2020 12:29 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Leaders?  More like whip-cracking task masters.  Yet another reason why contempt for Government, at all levels, is increasing in this country.

May 17, 2020 07:12 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I have never understood why SELLERS of resale properties have to pay our state excise tax but, the BUYERS of new construction have to pay that tax - the builders get off scot-free. 

Yes, misguided and likely politically motivated. 

May 17, 2020 08:27 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Why should all of the tax payers foot the bill for the costs brought on by new construction? Targeting the source of the expense is the right way to go. Is it fair that for every 300 new houses built the taxpayers should have to pay for the 15 new classrooms required or the additional fire trucks, school buses, police cars, trash trucks, water plant expansion and other associated infrastructure improvements required to accommodate the new construction? If the new homes don't pay for it then we all do.

Why does everyone refuse to look at the big picture?

May 18, 2020 05:22 AM