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post #61 of 69
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Originally Posted by calico2222 View Post
So why not attack the city officials instead of attacking the people by saying that they should get together to shovel the street and get rid of their own garbage?
There has been no mention of stopping garbage pick up. Whew.
Getting rid of your own leaves is NOT a big deal, bagging up your own leaves is NOT a big deal.
Heck, before my parents moved out here, they had to bag their own leaves and dispose of them, and they were 80 years old. Believe it or not, they did it.

No one has to shovel anything by hand, there are snow blowers now.

Since when are local Democratic governments ever fiscally responsible? Heck many Republican local governments aren't.

Julie was not attacking the local mismanaged government either, just wanting taxes to be raised more. Raising taxes to infinity is not the answer.
post #62 of 69
Oregon's 2007-2009 state budget gives about 54% of our state tax dollars, plus lottery funds, to education. The next largest share goes to human resource programs. Public safety accounts for about 16%. The lions share of my property taxes also go toward education. If you wanted to read the budget summary, which is 30 some pages, you'd be halfway through it before there's even a mention of anything other than education.

Now I'm all for funding schools and paying my taxes, but as I stated earlier, education costs are totally out of whack IMO. And when they don't have the tax revenue to pay for something, they just add a surcharge to something...your car insurance, up the gas tax, few bucks here, few bucks there. It never ends. The only thing that ever ends is the service that the rest of the public receives. Now you get recordings. And if something is going to get cut, they start at the bottom...public safety.

Maybe we should hire kids to rake the leaves and shovel snow. Then they could help pay for their education.
post #63 of 69
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Originally Posted by Cinder View Post
I really hate Oregon's tax system. We have income tax. We have property tax. Every so often they try to shove a sales tax down on throats in addition to everything else. I have no doubt we'll see that start up again after the first of the year. Most of the property taxes support a variety of school bond measures. It seems like a very disportionate amount of what I pay in state tax goes toward schools, especially when you consider all the other services that must be paid for out of that money.

We don't get much snow here, more ice. A good pair of studded tires or chains will take care of that, but you still see so many people totally unprepared. I call it car pinball.

I don't understand priorities, whether it's more important for a high school to have a swimming pool vs a community to have police to patrol the streets. Or the case of Snowball the deer, where the state here spent tens of thousands of dollars to take an animal away from the people who saved her life, raised and cared for her. Plain stupidity, not to mention a waste of our tax dollars.
I remember Snowball and was so annoyed that they took the deer away. The deer was happy and loved. I also got annoyed by people going up to climb Mt Hood without GPS equipment and then costing boat loads of tax dollars to find them.
post #64 of 69
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Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
I live in the boondocks of central NC. If I were to buy a new washer or refrigerator, the store that delivers it will take away the old one for free. If I buy a new mattress set, they'll take away the old one when they drop off the new one.

I reckon we're not hicks after all. We have things that a big city doesn't.
That is the way they do it here. You can also donate to several organizations and they will pick up everything.
As far as leaves when I lived in rural Oregon I had to pay for trash pick up, my own trashcans, my own recycling bins and leaves. It was annoying on top of everything else I had to pay for. Property taxes were high too.
post #65 of 69
I suppose when we get tired of living in North America with all our taxes and so on, we could move to a third world country where they don't have to pay all those taxes and begin to enjoy the good life they enjoy there.
post #66 of 69
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I suppose when we get tired of living in North America with all our taxes and so on, we could move to a third world country where they don't have to pay all those taxes and begin to enjoy the good life they enjoy there.

Oh yum sewage water!
post #67 of 69
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
I think the Salvation Army have people that will fix broken appliances and then they sell them. For the environments sake we need to move away from this throw away mentality that America has.
My mother, who grew up in the depression, had the old motto her whole life: Use it up, wear it out, make it do.

That was officially adopted during WWII as a national slogan.

We have a washer and dryer in our house in Arkansas that still get weekly use and are 29 years old this month. I hate to admit my office is knee deep in stuff I can't stand to throw out. It "might be useful." I need either a fire or a serious garage sale! But I grew up too poor to just throw good things away. In fact, Dottie's going through our old cell phones right now. Anyone need one?
post #68 of 69
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Originally Posted by CC12 View Post
That is the way they do it here. You can also donate to several organizations and they will pick up everything.
As far as leaves when I lived in rural Oregon I had to pay for trash pick up, my own trashcans, my own recycling bins and leaves. It was annoying on top of everything else I had to pay for. Property taxes were high too.
Wait a minute...you mean there are places you don't have to pay for trash pick up? Or do you just mean the extra stuff?

I think DH sucks the leaves up with the riding mower and then puts them in the compost bin.

Property taxes in Oregon make me want to

It might be an issue having someone you don't know come to your home, but if your appliances work, can't you give them away on Craigslist?
post #69 of 69
I just try to compost the leaves with my composting mower at the end of the season.

However, I have to admit I still have a few leaves in corners around here left over from last year.
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