Art Pope’s Stooge on Tax Revaluation
From Sam Hieb at Piedmont Publiass:
‘Given the troubled economy’—– as the N&R reports—– what a pleasant surprise to learn that Guilford County’s tax values have risen $5.6 billion.
Amazing how gov’t always finds the money.
“It’s primarily because of new construction between 2004 and now,” Chavis said. “If you directly compare only the property values on the books in 2004 to their property value now, some values increased and some decreased. It’s probably flat. But all that new construction has been a real driving force in the increase we see.”
In just the past year, the report says, the county has seen new apartment buildings worth an estimated $196 million and a 1.6 percent increase in the value of office building space, particularly medical office complexes.
Ya know, it’s predictable when Art Pope’s Stooge pushes the cynicism of government which is the John Locke Foundation‘s stock and trade. After all, Art Pope seeks to keep the state as poor as possible, so that his trashy stores can continue their predation in beleaguered areas without competition.
The local Austerian bloggers were out for blood when Chavis first published the findings to property owners. The typical unfounded charges of political influence were leveled, when the truth is the county staff does a good job and should be complimented for their efforts on our behalf.
There is plenty wrong with Guilford County government, but the social retards soil themselves when they try to paint obvious good news as something else. As for Art Pope’s Stooge, this is simply the latest indication that he lacks the brains for the job.