There was a time when the U.S. government gave land to people. These days, local governments use land as another excuse to grab money from the people’s wallets.
I know because we received our latest mortgage statement this week, and it includes the year-to-date taxes paid for all of 2007. The total: $4,363.92.
The good news is that Uncle Sam currently offers a tax write-off for property taxes. But I’d just as leave have the money to spend on the many home repairs we can’t afford because the government makes us pay so much for the privilege of home ownership.