Coons the “fixed gear” politician: his one speed is TAX

24 Sep

It seems there isn’t a tax that Coons has seen during his political career that he didn’t immediately fall in love with.  Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, shall we?

  • Eliminate Tax Credit for First Time Home-buyers: In 2006, Coons lobbied the General Assembly to repeal the tax credit for first time home-buyers.  This would have cost the citizens of his county at least $4.2 million. (Angie Basiouny,  “5 Percent Tax Increase Proposed For NCCo,” The News Journal, March 22, 2006)
  • Lobbied for 911 Tax, Hotel Tax, Paramedic Tax: In 2007, while New Castle County Executive, Coons planned to pile on new taxes on all three DE counties by lobbying the General Assembly to pass brand new taxes including a hotel tax, a 911 tax, and a paramedic tax. (Angie Basiouny, “Tax Hike, Deep Cuts In Store For NCCo,” The News Journal, March 17, 2007)
  • Delaware Swats Down Coons Tax Gouging Plan, Coons Vows to Keep Pushing Tax Hikes: The General Assembly turned down repeated requests from Coon to gouge his citizens with new 911, hotel and paramedic taxes.  How does Coons respond?  He says he is “undaunted…[and] working with state leaders for permission to levy new taxes or fees.” (Angie Basiouny, “Historic NCCo Budget Finally Set For Vote Tuesday,” The News Journal, May 25, 2009)
  • Neighborhood Stalker Tax Plan: In 2009, to fund a new “problem properties” cleanup program, Coons wanted to start stalking neighborhoods looking for property code violations, levy fines, and fatten up a $375,000 abatement fund. (“Coons Proposes Using Fines To Clean Up NCCo’s Problem Properties,” The News Journal, October 23, 2009)
  • The Annual Sewer Tax Hike: Almost every year as County Executive, Coons raised the sewer taxes. In 2005, Coons hiked the tax up $63 for the average household. In 2006, Coons hiked the tax up by 2.5%.  In 2008, Coons proposed a 4.4% hike.  In 2009, Coons successfully raised the tax by 10%!  Earlier this year, Coons again proposed a 4% tax hike.  (Angie Basiouny, “NCCo Budget Ups Sewer Rates But Holds Taxes Steady,” The News Journal, May 25, 2005; Angie Basiouny, “NCCo OKs Tax Hike, Budget,” The News Journal, May 24, 2006; Angie Basiouny, “Coons To Propose Sewer Rate Increase,” The News Journal, March 20, 2008; Angie Basiouny, “25% NCCo Property Tax Hike OK’d,” The News Journal, May 27, 2009; Adam Taylor, “Coons Proposes Layoffs,” The News Journal, March 17, 2010)
  • Reassess Property Values so Property Tax is Hiked Even Higher:  Apparently, Coons was not satisfied with merely jacking up property taxes.  He wanted a more aggressive reassessment of the property values in order to gouge his county as much as possible.  (Angie Basiouny, “17 Percent Tax Hike Proposed For NCCo,” The News Journal, March 21, 2007)

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UPDATE

It looks like the U.S. Congress is taking notes from Coons’ playbook: “Congress Punts on Taxes: Democrats Put Off Showdown on Bush Cuts Until After November Election,” Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2010.

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