WGME, a local news station reporting on the taxpayer burden, broke down the math for readers:
“Portland property taxes will soon be going up by 4.8 percent. Last year, families with a $400,000 home paid about $5,200 in property taxes. With this new increase, it’ll be around $5,550 for that same home. That’s an increase of about $350.”
In total, the property tax theft, which once more reminds us that you never truly own a house and that you rent in perpetuity from the government, is expected to raise $9 million from people that can’t afford it and for people who don’t deserve it.
With everything else going up in price – food, gas, utilities, you name it – the hopelessly woke city council decided homeowners under their subjugation could afford to dish out hundreds of more dollars per year so that illegal aliens and the homeless could live rent-free in subsidized housing.
On one hand, Portland, Maine is a bastion for leftist lunatics, so you get what you vote for. On the other hand, this sort of stuff isn’t limited to blue cities and impacts all of us. Why should any American have to support this?
WGME later quotes one resident who expressed “mixed emotion” with the new taxation.
“”Totally disappointed about the taxes going up,” Portland homeowner Jennifer Jacques said. “But I have mixed emotions with it.”
Jacques says she supports helping asylum seekers who want to work.
“They’re go-getters, I think,” Jacques said. “Regards to the homeless people. Kind of disappointed with them. And there’s so many companies out there now hiring. Jobs are everywhere. I think they should step up and try to better themselves that way and not rely on us.””
According to the story, a new housing development will be able to support up to 140 families seeking asylum and will also support a temporary housing shelter that can house as many as 280 homeless adults. If you build it, they will come. So how does this not encourage more of the same? Leftists are truly ignorant of reality and the human condition.