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TAXES: Local

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https://GreenDragonTavern.com

Douglas Bruce, a long time activist in Colorado and well known tax opponent, was recently arrested for petitioning at a CostCo (contact: 591-3000) to get the issue of repealing the rain tax, the storm water tax, or any number of other things that it has been called, back on the ballot. Irrespective of the name, in this case it is a fee. (It becomes a tax if any of it is diverted to the city from the enterprise that charges it.) It was not approved by the voters and violates TABOR, if not in letter then in spirit.

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http://www.prop13arizona.com

 Property taxes affect homeowners, renters, small business owners, commercial concerns, farmers, factories - everyone.   Despite lower market values, property tax rates are going up and the county valuations used to calculate tax are going up.   You will hear that the legislature is cutting property taxes or making previous tax cuts "permanent", yet no one will actually experience a cut and all but a small few will experience property tax increases!   Here's the story....  

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San Francisco Weekly

Mail-in voting closes Tuesday on Measure F, a new ordinance in Oakland which would impose a special tax on sales of medical marijuana in the city's dispensaries. The measure would make Oakland the first city in the United States to have a business tax category for marijuana merchants.

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AP

Five French tourists got a harrowing start to their New York visit: a wild police chase.

As they looked for a ride at the Air France terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport they boarded a van that was not licensed to provide taxi service.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fY79KbCptTo

The City of Mississauga has had the same Mayor, Mayor Hazel McCallion, for 31 years. The town has $0 of debt and $700M in reserve.... Yes, it's possible.

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NY Times

[now the election's over] Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would immediately halt a popular $400 property tax rebate and he might need to raise the city’s personal income tax by up to 15% to help plug a budget shortfall expected to hit $4 billion

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Ohio

Barberton Municipal Judge Greg Macko dropped the charges after the Clarks went to the finance department and paid the overdue $10.12. They weren't fined, but they were hit with court costs. Now they owe the city $426 — $213 each.

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USA Today

The surging price of gasoline has come to this: a "fuel surcharge" on your next speeding ticket. Drivers caught speeding will have to pay an extra $12 — to cover $4-a-gallon gas costs for the police officers who stop them.

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AP

US Transportation Sec. Mary Peters said the administration hoped congestion pricing in New York could serve as a model for other cities nationwide. Charging drivers fees in congested city centers is a concept that has gained popularity around the wor

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AP

A landowner with "strong anti-government attitudes" barricaded himself in his rural home Thursday and fired shots at SWAT officers trying to search his home and arrest him, authorities said. No one was injured.

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Tom Holden - Virginian Pilot

"The Virginia Supreme Court dealt a crippling blow to the region’s transportation plans on Friday when it ruled that the General Assembly cannot delegate taxing power to nonelected bodies."

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