Coons thinks largest tax hike in 30 years is “moving county forward?”

24 Sep

In 2009, Coons decided it was a good idea to raise property taxes on New Castle County citizens by 25%–the largest hike in 30 years.  If that wasn’t bad enough, he suggested it was the job of government to gouge the people:

Coons said those who voted against the tax increase without proposing alternatives ‘are generally not doing their jobs. They’re not serving their constituents or their community well and they’re not moving this county forward.’

-Jesse Chadderdon, “NCCo Council Approves Budget, 25 Percent Tax Increase,”, May 26, 2009

But looking at Coons’ history as the New Castle County Executive, it is apparent that the only thing “moving forward” is Coons’ frontal assault on DE property rights:

  • 2009: Coons raises property taxes 25% (Angie Basiouny, “Coons’ 2010 Proposal Hits Hard — And Broad,” The News Journal, March 18, 2009)
  • 2007: Coons raises property taxes 17.5% (Angie Basiouny, “17 Percent Tax Hike Proposed For NCCo,” The News Journal, March 21, 207)
  • 2006: Coons raises property taxes 5% (Alison Kepner, “Residents Say Tax Hike Small, But Express Fears For Future,” The News Journal, May 16, 2006)
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