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How the Supreme Court Destroyed Property Rights and a Little Pink House

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

From Sarah McIntosh at Flint Hills Center for Public Policy:

Title: How the Supreme Court Destroyed Property Rights and a Little Pink House

Author: Sarah McIntosh

Three years ago the United States Supreme Court made a decision that not only threatened the very core of Americans’ property rights, but also destroyed the dreams of a woman who just wanted to live in her beautiful pink house.

Perhaps you have already heard the story. If not, I will warn you it is a sad one. Ms. Suzette Kelo moved to New London Connecticut in 1997 after a divorce. She found an old cottage from 1893 that was in dismal shape, but she saw the promise in it. Even the front door was overgrown when she first laid eyes on it. But she purchased the cottage and started fixing it up right away.

She had a lot of work to do from the foundation to the roof. She devoted time, energy, and money to transforming the ramshackled cottage into a beautiful home. Ms. Kelo worked as a nurse and held other jobs on the side in order to make ends meet. (more…)

Flint Hills Center on property taxes

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

From the Flint Hills Center:

Contact:  Dave Trabert

January 28, 2009
(316) 634-0218

Proposition K Will Make Property Taxes Fairer and More Predictable

(WICHITA) – A new property tax initiative—known as Proposition K—seeks to stabilize property taxes in Kansas and make local government budgeting more transparent for taxpayers. Yet Proposition K places no limits on the ability of elected officials to raise revenue or balance budgets. Rep. Steve Brunk (R-Wichita) will introduce the Proposition K legislation today.

Over the last 10 years (1997 to 2007), property taxes statewide have increased 83% (see attachment—Tax Growth by County). Residential property taxes are even worse, with a 119% increase in total collections. There simply is no good reason for these outrageous increases. It’s not driven by a need to serve more people; Kansas’ population has only grown 7% over that same period. It’s not inflation; the Consumer Price Index increased about 2.5% per year. It’s the appraisal process.