An Easton, Pennsylvania man, Robert Fernandes had enough with having to pay property taxes brought $7143 in one dollar bills to pay the school tax portion of the property tax, not the entire taxes owed, Fox News reported on Sunday.
Fernandes posted a video of his act as he carried a duffel bag filled, with the bundled one-dollar bills, and lays them on the counter, to the amazement of the tax collector manager who felt he should protest elsewhere.
He also brought doughnuts and said, “This for anyone who is inconvenienced here today."
Under his YouTube post, which has gained 281,057 views, Fernandes explained his reasoning.
“In Pennsylvania alone, 10,000 people lose their homes every year simply for not being able to pay the property tax. This is unacceptable. So, while many people are complaining about what I did, many families are being thrown out into the streets because they don't have the ability to pay these outrageous taxes. If you are spending your time complaining about what I did, then I believe your anger is misdirected. We should all be fighting against this injustice,“ Fernandes said.
“If an educational facility has a guaranteed flow money, no matter how poorly they perform, then that facility has absolutely no incentive to provide better quality service at an affordable cost. This will always happen in government school because they know they will get your money no matter what via taxation,“ said Fernandes.
“People can complain to them all they want about the quality or cost of education, but they have zero motivation to change things. They will get your money no matter what, and they know it.”
The outrage continues with another story, reported by the Washington Post on Sunday, that a retired Vietnam Marine Sergeant, Bennie Coleman, lost his house two summers ago in a tax lien sale, initiated by the liberal run D.C. government through an obscure law.
How much did Coleman owe? He owed $134 in property taxes and was left with nothing as they hauled all of his 76 years of belongings to the driveway.
The Post said that Coleman bought the brick duplex $57,500 with life insurance money that he received when his wife died of breast cancer in 1988 but that Coleman began showing signs of dementia and forget to pay bills or buy food.
In 2006, he forgot to pay a $134 tax bill, prompting the city to place a lien on the home and add $183 in interest and penalties. His son paid the $317 bill in 2009, records show, but that wasn’t enough. The Maryland company that had bought the lien had already gone to court to put a foreclosure in motion. To lift the lien, the company’s lawyer was demanding steep legal fees and expenses of $4,999, the Post said.
Coleman or his son who has helped his dad, could not afford the $5,000 so the Maryland company took his house and threw him out the door.
Cases of citizens losing their homes based on property tax liens have increased over the years. When a mortgage is paid off, the government still owns your land and home through property taxes.
In 2006, the Wall Street Journal said, “Although mortgage default is behind most home foreclosures in the U.S., the number of foreclosures tied to delinquent tax payments is climbing. The NCLC, an advocacy group, estimates that $15 billion of tax-lien foreclosures happened in 2010, the latest year for which data are available.”