Republicans unveil nearly $6 trillion tax cut, while Montgomery County taxpayers will suffer higher taxes

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with members of the House Ways and Means committee in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Washington. House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands) sits immediately to the right of the president in the photograph. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Unlike the Montgomery County Commissioners Court which has substantially increased the taxes that local taxpayers have suffered as a result of their out-of-control spending along with Commissioner Charlie Riley’s and Mike Meador’s property tax appraisal increases, President Donald Trump, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, and congressional Republicans have unveiled the first major revamp of the nation’s tax code in a generation.
The sweeping, nearly $6 trillion tax cut would deeply reduce levies for corporations, simplify everyone’s brackets and nearly double the standard deduction used by most Americans. Meanwhile, Montgomery County taxpayers must face the prospect of selling their homes, even if they have no outstanding mortgage balance, as a result of the massive property tax increases.Neither Craig Doyal, the County Judge, nor any member of the Commissioners Court is willing to take the lead actually to reduce spending. Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack provided guidance to achieve a $21 million reduction in the County’s debt service. Noack and Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark helped ten County Departments reduce their spending. But the net budget will be 5.5% less than the previous fiscal year but actually higher than the budget two years ago. Furthermore, the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget will actually increase operational expenditures in the government to the highest level in the history of Montgomery County. Only the debt service reduction allowed the Commissioners Court to claim an overall spending reduction.

Trump declares the national plan would provide badly needed tax relief for the middle class, but there are too many gaps in the proposal to know how it actually would affect taxpayers. Meanwhile, the middle class and lower classes in Montgomery County are getting hammered by the Commissioners Court’s and Appraisal District’s tax increases.

An organization that advocates for state legislatures says it’s “dismayed” the Republican tax cut proposal unveiled Wednesday would do away with a deduction for state and local taxes paid. Therefore, the massive local taxes Montgomery County citizens must pay will no longer be tax deductible!

The National Conference of State Legislatures says the deduction has existed in the federal tax code since its inception. The group says “tens of millions of middle-class taxpayers of every political affiliation” would experience a greater tax burden if the deduction were eliminated.

The group says the deduction’s elimination will also impede states in their efforts to invest in education and other public services.

About a third of tax filers itemize deductions on their federal income tax returns. The Tax Policy Center says virtually all who do claim a deduction for state and local taxes paid.

President Donald Trump is issuing a warning shot to Indiana’s Democratic senator: Support my tax overhaul or I’ll campaign against you next year.

Trump says at a tax event in Indiana that if Sen. Joe Donnelly doesn’t approve the plan, “we will come here and we will campaign against him like you wouldn’t believe.”

But Trump is predicting that numerous Democrats will come across the aisle and support his plan “because it’s the right thing to do.”

The president has made overtures to Democratic senators like Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota in recent weeks. All three are facing re-election in 2018.

Meanwhile, voters in Montgomery County are sending a clear message to Doyal and the Commissioners Court: cut real government spending by $100 million, increase law enforcement funding by $20 million, set up an annual input for the road and bridge fund of $20 million per year, and give the taxpayers a net $60 million spending and tax reduction.

Doyal has refused to consider spending reductions. Meador and Riley have fought for higher government spending. Noack voted with them on the budget. Only Clark bravely voted against the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget.

 

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