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Exclusive Video: Upset At Paying Property Taxes, Business Owner Displays $28,027 Grievance On Company Sign

Doug Cobb, an entrepreneur in South Carolina, recently became upset when his local newspaper would not publish letters that he submitted to them.

“I just did what I thought I could do. I could put my message on my sign out there and at least people would know that at least me for one I’m dissatisfied with the amount of taxes and also with what they are spending our tax money on,” said Cobb.

Cobb believes that people can do a better job taking care of the poor if money was not taken away from them by the government.

“I just feel like we can better spend the money ourselves than this government bureaucracy that’s ever growing and ever increasing — and we just aren’t getting our money’s worth.”

When it comes to what should become of property taxes, Cobb thinks that they should be eliminated so that property can actually be owned by the people rather than by the government.

“I don’t think there should be any property taxes period. We should work to eliminate property taxes because then we will actually own our property instead of just renting it perpetually from the government. We don’t own anything as long as we are paying taxes on it.”

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Armed Agents Evict Elderly Veteran With Dementia For Forgetting $134 Property Tax Bill

Image Credit: WP Marine Corps Veteran, Sergeant Coleman (Retired)
Image Credit: WP
Marine Corps Veteran, Sergeant Coleman (Retired)

After we broke our exclusive interview yesterday with Robert Fernandes, the man who paid more than $7k in property taxes in single dollars bills to protest the tax, a heart-breaking study emerged from the Washington Post. 

Bennie Coleman, US Marine Corps Sergeant (retired), watched from a lawn chair across the street as armed federal US Marshals stormed his house, stole his possessions and put his house up for sale, which he paid in full with cash more than 20 years ago. If that wasn’t enough- the agents also took his dignity. They took his photographs of his late wife and his medals from his career as a US Marine Corps Sergeant.

A controversial program is at fault. In Washington D.C. tax liens are placed on property owners. If not paid, the lien is sold to a private group who inflates the original debt to astronomical figures. Sergeant Coleman owed $134 to the government. Rather than continue to try and work with the honored Marine Sergeant and widower, his government, which he served for years sold him out.

Sergeant Coleman’s tax bill ballooned to $4,999. He lost his $197,000 home and all equity that it had built over the past two decades. The program entitles the private “investors” to everything. The investors’ entitlements even trump the mortgage companies.

According to a 10 month investigation from the Washington Post:

Tax lien purchasers have foreclosed on nearly 200 houses since 2005 and are now pressing to take 1,200 more, many owned free and clear by families for generations.Investors also took storefronts, parking lots and vacant land — about 500 properties in all, or an average of one a week. In dozens of cases, the liens were less than $500.

Property owners have 6 months to pay their lien before the “investor” can foreclose on their property and have them evicted by armed federal agents. So then, pay your taxes, or you can be greeted by a gun in your face at the door in 6 months. Never-mind that you “own”  the property.  

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Exclusive: Man Pays Thousands In Property Taxes With $1 Bills In Protest

Robert Fernandes, an IT manger from Forks Township, PA, has three children. None of which go to the local public school in their new town. “We home school our children. Doing so has many associated costs,” says Fernandes. Regardless of the fact that the Fernandes family doesn’t use the public school system he got a tax bill for $7,143.

According to Fernandes, “The town’s tax system is broken up. There are about 3 different taxes assessed on property owners. The school’s portion of the property tax bill comes in the mail right as children of the public school system head back into class after the Summer months.”  In protest, Fernandes went to the bank and took out $7,134 in single USDs. He loaded the thousands into a duffle bag, stopped by the doughnut shop and headed to the local tax office in the Easton Area School District to pay his “fair share”. “I brought the doughnuts just in case anyone felt I was trying to inconvenience them. I wanted to be friendly and cordial. I just wanted to prove my point,” says Fernandes.

More than 10,000 people lose their home in PA every year because of the burdensome property taxes. Fernandes makes clear in the video that this process in not voluntary. He is only paying in fear that if he does not pay- someone will show up at his house to take his property away from him and his family.

I’m against taxation all together. I believe that services could be provided more efficiently voluntarily. I wanted to make a point. It’s extremely tough on people to have to throw this money away when they receive no benefit from the system. Also, there is no sense of property ownership. If someone can simply force you to give them your money and take your property away from you even if you have paid off your house- we’re not really property owners. It’s immoral at best.

Fernandes tells me that he believes there is a better way to fund education…

Many people believe there is no way to fund school unless it’s done in this manner. I’d like to see the government get out of education all together. If schools could be allowed to compete with each other then they would be fighting for student enrollment. People will send their money to the schools, which are performing best. The two variables that parents would assess would be cost and performance. In the system we have now there is no accountability. They know they’re going to get your money no matter what. It provides for a very inefficient system.

The tax collector would not count the money. “I’ll give you a receipt saying that we received the money, but not that it was accounted,” she says. She says that they must take it to the bank so that they can count it first. Fernandes, uneasy about leaving the cash with someone without receiving a full receipt, asks her to count the money in front of him. “I don’t want to leave here and leave this money in someone else’s hands. I just want to make sure. I mean, I counted this money. They take money from people and they can’t even count it,” says Fernandes. The two went to the bank together where the money was finally counted and accepted. “The state isn’t even efficient at counting money. They forcefully take money, can’t count it, and then we have to go to a private business so it can be counted,” he says.

According to Fernandes, some people didn’t get the point of the video.

It seems like there were many people who didn’t get the point of the video. Many have commented that I am greedy and don’t want to pay my fair share. It should be noted that people shouldn’t have to pay for a service they don’t want or even use. I think it’s really important that people understand that there are better ways to provide an education than by kicking people out of their homes for not being able to pay a bill on property that they supposedly own. There are more creative ways to do it than through force.


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