You might want to look to Virginia to solve the againg population tax burden problem as they put limits on taxes for the elderly with certain incomes. Great Idea!
Koopman is the problem when comes to power over policy. Seriously, who runs for office in a city that they haven't even taken the time to vote in a city election. Perfect example of I will say or do anything for power persona.
Wow,, sounds like you know your stuff. So people who move to the area are causing growth and should pay for it.
Koopman moved here but he is just filling the void of someone who left, so he isn't the problem it is the other guy who moves here? Glad you cleared that up.
The new lake that is being proposed,, would that be like Jordan Lake? Who paid for that lake, where did the money come from? Why did we have enough money then with less taxes than we do now with more taxes?
I must be wrong about Mr. Koopman. I mean we must believe what he says since he has such a strong record to run on. Oh wait, he hasn't even voted in a city election. So he cares so much about our great city but he didn't bother to vote? Hmmm. Ok..
So we all should remember the existing democrat is bad because she tried to provide a parks and recreational facility for families. Koopman is good because he moves here and can tell us all how the west coast does it better. Got it... Thanks for the help.
By the way isn't the west coast the place where moderate to low income real estate has fallen off the face of the earth? Boy I look forward to his planning expertise.. Thanks again for setting me straight.
Your example makes no sense. I guess I have to explain why. You have to pay for water and sewer, roads ect.. when you develop undeveloped land, did you know this?. Even a tear down has to pay an impervious surface fee if it is greater than the existing structure, did you know that? So paying for growth is already incorporated on what you just made a bad example of saying it wasnt.
The existing population cost comes at the education level nowhere else. That is why I said I support an impact fee for that reason and that reason only. However, that fee might not be needed if people like Mr. Koopman paid their fair share when they moved in. Growth causes new developments. Mr. Koopman is a product of GROWTH, something you seem to be against. But unless you want to limit the size of families (like China)it is mathematically inevitable. I welcome Mr. Koopman and his family to the area as growth is inevitable if you have nice area to live. However, his lecturing us on his grandiose ideals he should at least vote in one city election before he is ruling law maker telling the rest of us how to live.
Showing growth as a problem then supporting a candidate that is causing the problem that you are complaining about just doesnt make sense does it.
I guess I can call myself a teacher now like Mr. Koopman does on his website.
Probably, touchy because you are complaining about things that you are creating. Mr. Koopman is promoting activism. Sounds great as long as what you are promoting actually has a positive benefit to society as a whole. SCALE is not doing any of that. Here's why:
1. A change in zoning doesn't protect from McMansions in fact it Creates them. Larger lots create opportunity not smaller ones, think about it. Large houses are scattered all around the ITB area and it was never a problem before. Taste is subjective and some of the greatest artist would never have been if you had activist groups like scale around.
2. Houses that overshadow their neighbors like on Glenwood are not created by zoning. It wasn't even created by a developer but by an individual. Agree or disagree zoning wouldn't have prevented this house only a HOA would have. HOA's are developed to maintain and increase property values. If you want to be able to paint your front door purple then you have to accept that your neighbor might not have your same taste. It is called tolerance.
3. Downzoning doesn't do anything but harm a few peoples property values. It doesn't change what is built, it doesn't save a tree, it doesn't protect perceived character of a neighborhood it just hurts people. And a group dedicated to hurting a minority of people for nothing isnt a group of people that should be associated with.
Activism for no other reason accept to be in control with no real substance is no different than Ann Coulter rallying her base with lies and deception. Both are wrong.
Back to Mr. Koopman a Community Center for families to have a place to recreate is not a terrible thing. Horseshoe farm could have had both a nature preserve and a center it would have been a compromise that benefited the whole instead a vocal minority wins out yet families lose. Lecturing people on your service to our country does not explain your not voting in the last city election or your great need for power. Your website is filled with endorsements from an election that you lost so why mislead people? I could go on but someone else will just spin things another way. As for the blogger who continues to talk about the 8 year evaluation system, state law says that you can reavalutate every 2 years Local officials choose the 8 year time frame. As how that relates to a impact fee: Mr. Koopman moved here bought an existing house for 250k more than he is paying taxes on. Joe blow moves here forced to live in the suburbs pays an impact fee for buying a new home is that fair? Both created the growth problem that you define but only one has to pay a fee.
Yes wake county did establish the property tax. Mr. Koopman is the one that dug the hole I have pointed out no one else. I am glad you like him but please stop portraing another politician as something they are not. FYI.. We might not need an impact fee or property tax hike if people PAID their fair share. Shouldn't collecting taxes already in place be a higher priority than imposing new ones. District B citizen as well.
It's Ms. Happy. He said he was friends with members of a group but did not know what their purpose was? Then gives an explination of what they stand for.
Feel free to comment on the impact fees vs. being taxed appropiately or both. Paying your fair share would help pay for dearly needed social programs that are being overlooked.
Rodger: seriously you just said: "Specific to Community SCALE, I know several of its members and I know they're involved in neighborhood issues that are important to them."
Their entire agenda is about downzoning the area but you know nothing about it?
Second: you say you haven't been endorsed by any specific group yet your website broadcasts all sort of endoresments from various city officials and organizations. None, as you say are for the city council race yet you POST them anyway.
As far as your stance on Impact fees, which we agree, I say we take it a step further. For example: You paid $540,000 for your house but you only are taxed at $291,000 rate. I wonder how much more money the city would have for worth while projects if people like you who move here actually paid there fair share of the tax burden.
Your statements prove that you are the "typical" politician who will say what it takes to get elected. Thanks for reminding me it is politics as usual.
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