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Obama inspires Dem commission candidate to seek higher property taxes for top 2 percent

by George Bennett | May 7th, 2012

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Taking his cue from President Obama‘s calls for higher taxes on the wealthy, Democratic Palm Beach County commission candidate Rick Neuhoff is floating the idea of higher property taxes for the top 2 percent of properties.

“If we take a look at President Obama’s leadership and we see that he has been calling to tax the top 2 percent, to have them pay their fair share, this similar thing can happen here in the county by looking at millage rates for specific properties – perhaps the top 2 percent of those properties,” Neuhoff said at a candidate forum last week.

While the idea might appeal to primary voters in the heavily Democratic district where Neuhoff is running, it appears to run afoul of the Florida constitution.

Neuhoff is running against term-limited Commissioner Burt Aaronson‘s chosen successor, Mary Lou Berger, and attorney Steven Meyer in the south-county District 5 Democratic primary.

Read about it in this week’s Politics column.

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53 Responses to “Obama inspires Dem commission candidate to seek higher property taxes for top 2 percent”

  1. kenton Vic Says:

    Typical LIBERAL–just keep spending–especially if others money–Florida getting more and more like NY.

  2. Harry Says:

    In fairness, Obama has done some good things, but very few would include his economic policies on that list. By any measure, our economy is on life support.

    It’s pretty clear that Neuhoff has no clue what he’s talking about.

  3. Looking For A Change Says:

    At least this guy is looking for solutions to the problems in this county. The problem I see with a ‘chosen’ one is we’ll get more of the same ‘ol corruption. Just what we need: an annointed secretary having her strings pulled by the Master Puppeteer of Palm Beach County himself, Burt Aaronson!

  4. Tax the Rich Says:

    The people who protect the already extremely rich while blaming Democrats are simply clueless.

    People need to DEMAND that the rich pay their fair share!

    The upper crust has benefited like no other group the last 30 years. It can be directly attributable to right wing policies on income taxes, capital gains taxes, and corporate taxes and loopholes.

    Anyone who thinks the CEOs are going to hire more people because they got ANOTHER massive tax cut must be smoking some of that high-grade GOP crack.

    The Republicans not only lie profusely, but they don’t care if we know that they lie profusely. All they do is lie and distort reality over and over and over again with the intention of CONFUSING PEOPLE. That is their goal. And sadly, they are masters of misinformation. People need to wake up and start verifying EVERY SINGLE CLAIM that comes from a Republican mouth. Every single claim. You’ll find that they are ALL false.

    Reality is that the Obama administration has put our country on the path of growth, with private sector job growth for more than 22 consecutive months.

    Now, imagine how many more jobs would have been created if the GOP had agreed to pass the American Jobs Act that Obama wanted in 2011. Hundreds of thousands of people would still have jobs. Hundreds of thousands more would be hired to rebuild America. BUT THE GOP DOESN’T WANT THAT. They would rather use the lack of outstanding job growth as a political weapon. It is truly as cynical and “political” as it gets.

    The American People deserve the truth from BOTH parties so we can make decisions that effect our future based entirely on FACTS. The Republican Party has failed miserably in that respect.

  5. Tax the Rich Says:

    LOL!!!! Look at THIS!

    Paul Ryan has a new plan to dramatically slash aid to the poor…… IN ORDER TO PROTECT MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX CONTRACTORS AND THE BIG BANKS!

    The plan not only slashes aid to the poor — which is devastating to both the American people and to the economy — but it INCREASES spending on the military!!!

    On top of that disgrace, the new plan kills financial reforms that were put in place to defend against companies being Too Big To Fail.

    The GOP literally wants to go back to the days of Too Big To Fail so that if banks fail the taxpayer will be back on the hook for MORE BAILOUTS!!!

    LOL! It is so totally anti-American that it is literally laughable.

    Here is the article. READ IT ALL.

    House Republicans target social cuts to shield military

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/07/us-usa-budget-cuts-idUSBRE84604820120507

    THE GOP IS PATHETIC.

  6. Sheila Anderson, Realtor Says:

    What Mr. Neuhoff seems to miss is that ad valorem taxation means “according to value” so the higher valued properties lead to larger tax bills. BUT, the millage rates and the valuations must be uniform to be constitutional. The best thing politicians can do about property taxes is to leave them alone for the more they tinker with the laws, the more disparity they create.

  7. american man Says:

    Sheila Anderson – You are right but then again when did this phoney ever believe in the constitution? This is something that this Neuoff character doesn’t understand either – so no wonder he’s running for commissioner on the Socialist ticket. No wonder half our comissioners are either in jail or have been in jail. The rest should be but the propoganda left wing press won’t do enough “investigating journalism” because they have been told by rags like the Palm Beach Pravda not to. simple !!

  8. Tax the Rich Says:

    “american man”

    Did you read this yet?

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/07/us-usa-budget-cuts-idUSBRE84604820120507

    Or too afraid of the truth about the GOP? Cutting Meals-On-Wheels for an increase in defense spending.

    You people and your “SOSHALIST!” insults are nothing more than bullies and liars.

    The GOP, picking on the poor and inform since 3rd Grade.

  9. Tom S. Says:

    I love how liberals say they are against discrimination until it comes to the people and their money then them. It’s automatic that they don’t pay “their fair share” regardless of how much they pay. It’s never enough and they will never tell you what a “Fair” amount is. If you pay $500,000 a year in property taxes in not a “fair” amount and you should pay more 60% total tax burden is not enough they want 90%. Where does it end? I’ll tell you where it ends, it ends with a communist totalitarian government which is their goal.

  10. Tax the Rich Says:

    Tom S,

    Did you READ THIS yet?

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/07/us-usa-budget-cuts-idUSBRE84604820120507

    The plan not only slashes aid to the poor — which is devastating to both the American people and to the economy — but it INCREASES spending on the military!!!

    Why are the Republicans AGAINST food stamps but FOR military spending?

    Can ANYONE answer that?

  11. Tax the Rich Says:

    I guess they can’t!

    LOL!

    Of course they can’t.

    It is not only incoherent, it is IMMORAL and UN-AMERICAN.

  12. Irish Mike Says:

    One of the differences between conservatives and liberals is that while Consevatives believe in a limited government of enumerated powers set forth in a written Constitution, Liberals believe in changing the rules as you go along.

  13. Tax the Rich Says:

    One of the differences between conservatives and liberals is that Conservatives believe anything they hear or read from right wing sources as if it was gospel. Liberals believe in using facts to make a case for a policy and in judging policies by their merits and not based on what some self-centered paid propagandist says.

    Notice how right wingers never provide any evidence for why they feel the way they do?

    It’s because there is no evidence that says we need to cut aid to the poor while increasing spending on the military industrial complex.

    All of the factual evidence suggests that Obama’s policies and job creation plans should have been supported by both parties.

    It is to our country’s detriment — and the detriment of every single American, regardless of politics — that one of the two political parties has said that it fundamentally disagrees with deciding a policy issue based on the merits.

  14. Irish Mike Says:

    Tax Happy: There are no cuts proposed other than reductions in planned increases. This is typical liberal dishonesty. (If you only get a 3% raise instead of the 10% raise you were hoping for, are you making less money?).

    Democrats have long prospered on the plantation by scaring the slaves into believing it will be worse to be free.
    I remember the horror stories when the Clinton welfare reform bill passed – and none of them came true.

    Government makes bad investments (evidence: Solyndra). Government does not spend money wisely (evidence: GSA). Big Government bullies people (evidence: EPA). And over the long term, reducing marginal tax rates and simplifying the tax code increases revenues to the government (evidence: 1981-1990). An Obama cares more about fairness, even if it means reducing the money available for the government to spend on the poor (evidence: interview with Charlie Gibson, 2008).

  15. Tom S. Says:

    Tax the Rich

    I have no idea what that article has to do with property taxes but in the twisted liberal mind I’m sure you make a connection. David Lawder should stick to fluff pieces about Obama’s date nights and you should watch more C-span to see how congress actually works and laws get passed.

  16. Tax the Rich Says:

    The article proves that you idiots don’t give a damn about spending.

    You just want to cut spending for the poor so you can SHIFT it to the military weapons manufacturers. READ THE ARTICLE!

    IT’S ALL RIGHT THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE!

    NO CONSPIRACIES THIS TIME.

    So cut the crap. Nobody cares about your pathetic childish insults.

    People DO, however, care very very deeply about the fact that you want to slash aid for the poor and sick while increasing military funding.

    And you people call yourselves Christians!

    WHAT A JOKE.

    If the Second Coming were today, you folks would ship Jesus Christ himself to Guantanamo for being a Commie.

  17. Tom S. Says:

    Tax the rich

    Since you’re sharing links here one for you http://youtu.be/o3I-PVVowFY I READ THE ARTICLE so you don’t have to shout and like any bill it means nothing until it’s signed into law, by the PRESIDENT so spare me the hyperbole. What was your point about property taxes again?

  18. Tom S. Says:

    Tax the Rich

    BTW I’m all for helping the poor in fact I think the government should turn all that help over to charity where 80% of every $ gets to the people that need it instead of 20% the way it works today. We could cut spending by 50% and increase the benefits by 10% Would that make you happy? Or does that kind of thinking upset your socialist mindset?

  19. Tax the Rich Says:

    “”"it means nothing until it’s signed into law”"”

    BULLSH*T.

    It was never going to pass. It was designed to be a political document.

    It is a big huge billboard-sized symbol of what the Republican Party is all about.

    AND GEE, WHAT A COINCIDENCE THAT YOU IGNORE WHAT IT SAYS!

    WHAT A COINCIDENCE THAT YOU SAY *NOTHING* ABOUT CUTTING AID WHILE INCREASING MILITARY SPENDING.

    You are a fraud.

    The Republican Party is a fraud.

    Get help for your mental illness.

  20. Tom S. Says:

    Tax the Rich

    Maybe you should talk to Leon Penetta about this reduction in military spending cuts that the bill actually calls for and stop calling them increases. That would be a good start to correct your misinformation and also help clear up your twisted logic.

    Like calling tax increases “revenue enhancements” the left never actually calls a spade a spade unless it *suits* (pun intended) their agenda.

    Like the 27 other bills stuck in the senate, I’m sure your right this is just another nail in the Obama re-election coffin.

    BTW I’m not a republican so you can stop with the delusions you read into everything you see.

  21. Looking For A Change Says:

    this article and this gentleman’s statement had nothing to do with the US government. It had to do with our county, if you read this article. It is not meant to just tax the rich, but to work out a means WITH Tallahassee to decrease Palm Beach County’s deficit.

  22. Tom S. Says:

    Palm Beach county does not have a tax problem it has a spending problem. Like the housing bubble, they had a huge increase in revenue and spent it on extravagant project instead of building reserves for the inevitable decline that came.

    Now some want to tax their way out of it.

    Another good example was when they put on water restrictions and said they needed to raise rates because they needed to cover their fixed overhead “like salaries” since when are salaries fixed overhead? This is the kind of logic that would put any business out of business.

  23. Same Ole, Same Ole Says:

    Your site, so if you do not want others to read my previous post, your privilege.

    Your position and bias is widely known.

  24. Jan McP Says:

    Neuhoff is an idiot and a little crazy. I’d never vote for that clown.

  25. Tax the Rich Says:

    Tom S sucks BILL KOCH.

  26. Tom S. Says:

    Rich the Bigot

    “So cut the crap. Nobody cares about your pathetic childish insults.”

  27. Tax the Rich Says:

    Tom S sucks BILL KOCH.

    LOL!

    You do.

    And I’m not talking about being a homosexual. That is perfectly fine with me if you are.

    I’m talking about doing the bidding of right wing plutocrats who hate America.

  28. Tom S. Says:

    Rich the Bigot

    I was just quoting you but you post so much worthless guff how would you remember.

    Your posts are all the irrelevant vile muttrings of a bumbling oaf.

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