Donald Trump; property tax exemptions for seniors – Loveland Reporter-Herald
January 6 was the last straw for me
To the caller of “Trump on the Brain”: It’s not that Donald Trump lives in our brains and we just can’t let go, rather it’s Trump’s utter disregard for our US Constitution, and that includes the 147 spineless Republican members of Congress and the Senate who voted to overturn the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6 anyway — all at Trump’s behest. Unless Trump is punished for his crime (although he has not been convicted), I fear for the sanctity of the 2022 and 2024 midterm elections.
Before you called me a radical leftist, I was a registered Republican my entire adult life and voted for Trump. But the events of November 3, 2020 to January 13, 2021 (second impeachment) have convinced me that the majority of the GOP is more concerned about its political future riding Trump’s ponytails than it is about doing what the best for the country. . January 6, 2021 was the final straw that broke my back – I am no longer a registered Republican.
I urge the caller to look past his nose and look ahead to see the danger that awaits him in the next two elections.
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Expand property tax exemptions for seniors and disabled veterans
Colorado seniors just got their property tax bills in the mail. Home values are skyrocketing, and recent increases in factory taxes have generated the highest property taxes in state history. Simultaneously, the cost of rent, utilities, cars, gas and groceries is climbing at the fastest rate in 40 years. For those on a fixed income, record property taxes couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Since 2012, Colorado has enabled seniors and disabled veteran homeowners to reduce the financial burden of homeownership. But there are two significant problems with the current law:
The exemption amount is set at $100,000. The amount of the exemption needs to be adjusted so that rising home values do not weigh more heavily on people on fixed incomes.
There is no portability. Seniors are locked up in their homes. They are not allowed to move to another dwelling without losing this exemption. This means they are forced to live in a home that may no longer meet their personal or medical needs. They cannot get close to their friends and family. If they move, it takes them 10 years to qualify for the exemption again.
I’m sponsoring SB22-093 which is finally starting to fix some of these issues. It doubles the exemption to $200,000. If a senior needs to move to another home due to “medical necessity,” they don’t have to start over with the 10-year countdown.
The bill will only pass if there is a big public outcry. This is where you can get involved. Lobby the governor and every legislator. Contact the state Committee on Veterans Affairs and Military Affairs, which will make the first decision on the bill. I’m happy to teach you how to testify before this committee (via Zoom or in person) – just contact my office ([email protected]).
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