Thursday, August 31, 2006
Cannon County School Board Chairman Tommy Hale said the proposed sales tax increase spreads out the taxes.
"It doesn't put as much of a burden on the property owners," he said.
A sales-tax increase will not mean there will never be a property-tax increase, Gannon cautioned. "It's something the people need to look at and educate themselves about."
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"All three (exisiting) campuses have some distance education programs, but the university system is now getting ready to launch a whole new campus, creating an online division that could eventually rival the individual campuses in enrollment levels, operating in a very different environment. The University of Illinois Global Campus would be operated as a separate for-profit entity, have almost entirely part-time faculty members (and none with tenure), and focus on a relatively small number of degree programs.
The idea, according to Illinois officials, is to learn from a variety of models out there that are growing rapidly (UMass Online, University of Maryland University College, and the University of Phoenix), while also learning from some of the failed attempts of the dot-com boom, when many colleges started online, for-profit spinoffs with much hype — only to see them go nowhere.
“This could be extremely significant in the online landscape,” said Trace Urdan, who tracks education ventures for the Signal Hill Capital Group. The Illinois effort reflects a number of key trends, he said: the continued growing popularity of online education, the desire of many adults to study not only online but with an institution they know well, and the realization of many public universities that they need different types of models to compete for these students — while not promising the moon overnight, as some institutions did 10 years ago."
This means that you could move from a $250k house in Davidson County to a $250k house in Bedford County and save $1,106.25 each year in property taxes.
Davidson $250k x 25% assessment rate x $4.04 per $100 of assessed value = $2,525.00
Bedford $250k x 25% assessment rate x $2.27 per $100 of assessed value = $1,418.75
"In many ways, Rivero's rise and fall is a classic Miami story of an ambitious developer who benefited from the loose controls of a chronically mismanaged government agency flush with cash and rife with cronyism."
"When postman Roger Annies told residents on his round how to avoid junk mail he considered it part of customer service.
But bosses at the Royal Mail - which makes millions of pounds a year from unwanted post - were less than impressed with his dedication.
They immediately suspended the 48-year-old father of two, who has worked as a postman for the more than 10 years, and he is now facing the sack.
Mr Annies decided to act after receiving dozens of complaints from householders who were fed up with the piles of junk mail dropping through their letter boxes everyday."
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Given the logic of the Murphy decision, it is quite possible that the risk-free, inflation-adjusted rate of interest could also be excluded from taxation on constitutional grounds. Following through on this logic consistently would revolutionize taxation and eventually lead to a pure consumption tax, which most modern economists favor.
I'm not predicting the Supreme Court will follow this logic. But for tax analysts, it does represent the opening of an interesting possibility."
HERE is a great investigative piece by the St Petersburg Times:
"Enterprise Florida encourages the Legislature to create and expand corporate tax breaks and grants. It negotiates - often in secret - with companies that contemplate moving or expanding here. And when it recommends incentives for a company, the governor's office almost always approves.
The Orlando-based organization, which has gotten more than $100-million in state money since 2000, likes to boast that it is a national model for doing government work with the savvy and efficiency of private business.
As the BellSouth case suggests, however, another description might be this: a network where back scratching and self-dealing sometimes seem more important than its mission."
Like many Tennessee Cities and Counties, Pigeon Forge used a re-appraisal to raise property taxes by keeping the rate the "same" as last year, before the new appraisals. State law requires taxing jurisdictions to lower the tax rate after a re-appraisal to a new "certified" rate. Once this new lower certified rate is established then it can be increased after a public hearing.
When you use the old higher rate and the new higher appraisals, you are increasing tax bills by the amount of the value increase.
EM: Do you know who’s holding the bill? Is that something that’s within your knowledge?He also says in the interview that a HOLD does not prevent him from bringing the bill to the floor for a vote.
BF: I can find out, Ed..."
"As a footballer, if you're prone to injury it can mean the end of your career, so having your stem cells - a repair kit if you like - on hand makes sense," added the player, who declined to be named.
Paul Griffiths, managing director of CGI, said: "This has been carried out experimentally. The stem cells are injected directly into the knee and because they have the same genetic code they start rebuilding."
The Bank of Jamaica has issued 1,000 gold and silver Bob Marley commemorative coins!
Most great ideas are born from a need. The Baby Einstein Company LLC based in Littleton, Colorado, came from Julie Aigner-Clark's need for a learning tool for her infant daughter. In 1995, this former teacher and new mom read the latest research regarding babies' capacity to learn. Finding nothing in stores that used the research and that was developmentally appropriate, educational and fun, Aigner-Clark decided to create something herself. Her first video, Baby Einstein, featured intriguing pictures and mothers speaking different languages.
"A crucial element is the ability to identify specific bins and record when they are emptied," said a spokesman for Deister, a German company that is marketing the technology.
"That information can be applied in many different ways."
"The marketing ploy is known as 'product sabotage'. This involves only large measures of drinks being featured on their menu boards.
Tills (Cash registers) have a button for the smallest drink, which at 8oz and a third cheaper is simply not listed to customers, so coffee bar frequenters do not know it exists.
The investigation was undertaken by Tim Harford, who presents the new BBC2 series Trust Me, I'm an Economist.
Harford said: 'The most lavish drinks generate the highest profits.
Coffee companies hide or downplay the cheaper drinks in the hope that customers will buy something pricier.'
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
My question: how is a secret hold recorded and who keeps the secret?
"The University of Alabama System and its three member campuses in Tuscaloosa, Huntsville and Birmingham led the way in spending with a total of $610,000. Most of that went to Van Scoyoc Associates Inc., a Washington firm well-stocked with former aides to Alabama lawmakers like Republican Sen. Richard Shelby and Democratic Rep. Bud Cramer, both members of the powerful appropriations committees that write spending legislation.
University officials said they were proud of their efforts, insisting that lobbying has been critical in winning federal funding to improve the state's higher education system and economy.
"The return on investment would strike me as being an excellent value for the taxpayers," said Kellee Reinhart, spokeswoman for the University of Alabama System. (Clearly Ms. Reinhardt is forgetting that the same taxpayers who pay State taxes ALSO pay Federal taxes) "We're a $2.5 billion enterprise. We are the largest employer in the state. The volume and complexity of projects for which we seek support certainly benefit from having a streamlined channel of communication."
"Figuring out the right models will come later, says Atwood. "It's early enough in the game that it's hard to say which models are going to dominate."
At USA Today, offerings include a WAP site, SMS text information and a mobile sudoku game. Users can browse a site with sections that include news, sports, life and tech. Or they can text a code for a stock listing and receive a return text with the latest price.
Just as with the web or the printed edition of a newspaper, what users look for in mobile content varies, says Matt Jones, who heads up USA Today's mobile initiatives.
"It's a combination of things. In the case of the game, people have some downtime, but for the mobile WAP site, people just want a quick bite of the latest news or sports," he says."
Bold riverfront plans intrigue mayoral candidates
I am sure it will also "intrigue" taxpayers who are headed off to work this morning with the knowledge that their tax dollars are funding yet another group who wants more of the money they will earn this very day. Forget "Remember the Alamo", Remember the graph.
"Originally, Lamassoure had this to say: "The economic value of today's globalization lies in information through transactions in the form of international communication. Why don't we levy taxes on this value?" Under his proposal, a tax on an SMS sent within the borders of a member state would be allocated to the national government of that state, while taxes collected on messages sent between the member states would accrue to the EU. The same would apply to email messages.
Lamassoure also argued that in times of globalization, it is less and less easy for states to raise tax revenues. "I suggest this as an idea not only for the EU but also for member states themselves and on the worldwide scale," he said. He compared his idea to the "Tobin tax" proposed in the 1970s to tax cross-border currency trading."
Monday, August 28, 2006
He's not much impressed by the Legislature's current efforts to come up with tax-cutting plans.
"I just can't see how you are going to get relief in this state," he said.
Source:"The city attorney's office, with the approval of the mayor, has the authority to settle lawsuits against the city. But about 18 months ago, council members passed a resolution requesting the city attorney keep them apprised of all legal payouts over $100,000.
Marshall, who sponsored the resolution, believes the measure gives the council the power to reject settlements it thinks are too high, although the council has never done so.
Now he says he wants the council to consider another resolution that would require the city attorney to publicly report settlements once they're finalized.
"All of this is done with too much stealth," he said. "It's the public's money, and the public needs to see what transpired."
"Cellphones and text messaging are changing the way political mobilizations are conducted around the world. From Manila to Riyadh and Kathmandu protests once publicized on coffeehouse bulletin boards are now organized entirely through text-messaging networks that can reach vast numbers of people in a matter of minutes."
"Janet Kleinfelter, "senior counsel" in the AG's office, had told NCSL attendees that the press drives government underground when it asks for too many public records."
This level of arrogance by someone who probably regards themselves as a public servant and is paid with taxpayer dollars is scary and appalling. Frank goes on to cite several examples here in TN. Very good read if you are interested in open and accountable government.
"While this should stand as a reminder that residents and citizens should register and vote, this group of annexation foes would tell you that, being residents of the county, they have no elected representation in this case. However, they have done a remarkable job of representing themselves."
Sunday, August 27, 2006
"Head coaches in Classes 5A and 4A schools with 950 students or more are making an average of $73,804 while teachers in those classifications average close to $42,400, according to records obtained by the Austin American-Statesman through the Texas Public Information Act.
Those numbers are similar to findings from 10 years ago, when The Associated Press reported that 5A and 4A coaches earned an average of $54,000 per year and the state's teachers averaged $31,000. Adjusting for inflation, the gap between teachers' and coaches' salaries has widened by 7.3 percent over the past 10 years. The 1995 salaries in today's dollars would be $69,488 for coaches and $40,207 for teachers.
The Austin American-Statesman asked every 5A and 4A school district in the state for the total compensation paid to head football coaches and for salaries of their highest-paid teachers, high school principals and superintendents for the 2005-06 school year.
Some of the findings from the 461 schools include:
Five coaches in the state earn more than $100,000, with the largest salary going to Ennis High School's Sam Harrell, who earns $106,004.
The lowest-paid coach is Houston Furr's Cornell Gray, who earns $42,300.
Art Briles was the highest-paid coach in 1995-96, earning $82,658 at Stephenville High School. However, in today's dollars, Briles' 1995 salary would be $105,926. That would make Briles, currently the University of Houston coach, the state's second-highest-paid coach, behind Harrell.
Twenty-seven schools pay their football coaches more than they pay their principals, including Copperas Cove, where Head Coach Jack Welch earns $14,465 more than the principal, George Willey.
The 10 highest-paid coaches in 2005-06 have combined to win seven state championships since 2000.
Southlake Carroll Coach Todd Dodge, whose teams are 63-1 the past four years, ranks 36th on the salary list, earning $90,510.
Football coaches in the state's largest school districts including Austin, El Paso, Houston and Fort Worth are at the bottom of the salary list.
"I'm afraid of running businesses out of Payette," Waters said. "Payette doesn't need higher taxes. It's a budget, not a wish list."
Saturday, August 26, 2006
The minimum wage law is legalized discrimination against low skilled workers. Anyone who doesn't have the skills to demand more than the minimum wage is unable to get a job. Employers must make a profit or they go out of business and paying someone more than they produce is a prescription for bankruptcy.
Most people do have the skills to demand more than the minimum wage but some are simply reluctant to make a change. Inetta the Modsetta's on air resignation on the American Rhetoric website is a great example of someone who gets fed up and refuses to work for less than they are worth. Hats off to Inetta.
Source: American Rhetoric
Source: Dickson Herald
"With the cooperation of our elected officials, it looks like we'll be able to balance without a tax increase over the current $1.87 certified tax rate," Wolfe said.
Source: Johnson City Press
Friday, August 25, 2006
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"It's not just that the market is softening," she says. "Many people have put their houses on the market because they fear losing their homes. The old-timers are afraid they won't be able to pay property taxes that have doubled or tripled."
Anger over rising property taxes is reverberating in many states that do not already have strict limits. State legislatures and some local governments are starting to cut property taxes, often shifting the burden to the sales tax."
Thursday, August 24, 2006
That's because Nee was apparently 25 minutes late in filing his petition to run for the office last Friday, according to Bedford County Elections Administrator Anna Clanton.
Source: Shelbyville Times-Gazette
"The wheel tax wouldn't have passed last year without a lowered property tax along with it," said Com. Bill Foster.
Budget Chairman Terry Carroll said there were no guarantees the property tax rate could be lowered. "You can't promise from one budget to another what the property tax will be," he said."
Source: Milan Mirror