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Your taxes and why?

Mike Freda - North Haven
Developing the Pratt Whitney Site, Utilizing the Northeast Graphics Site, Opening up a business friendly atmosphere- Mill rate 2005> 28.70  2011>26.54     Now lets look at Hamden-- empty property behind Tommy Kay beteen storage area - how many years? Empty property FMC ? how may years , little incubator being proposed - affect on TAXES ???  business and tax friendly - empty Stop Shop building , empty building on Putnam avenue, empty H Leeds property dixwell avenue any one doing anything in the golden offices???  Mill rate Hamden 2005> 27.95  Mill rate 2011 >37.137  and only going up thank you -- are you happy Hamden- building next to Glenwood- how long will this be empty and any affect on your taxes? Used to be a great town - thank you Taxson Jackson and QU
CherryPine December 30, 2013 at 07:24 PM
In that same time period Hamden was been ranked as one of the top places to live more than once by national magazines and dozens of businesses have opened up. In fact outside of the Stop n Shop building the places you listed have been empty for years including when the mill rate was near 10 points lower and it wasn't helping to fill them. The higher taxes in Hamden are no secret, the mayor and council members have publicly said we pay higher taxes to get more services. If you don't like them, people and businesses are free to move to a place like New Milford or any more rural suburb with lower taxes. You'll get the lower tax bill but you'll also lose out on the sheer number of people. You can't have your cake and eat it too, if you want to open a place where there's a lot of customer traffic, it's going to be in a more densely populated area where taxes are going to be higher because people expect an urban town government to actually do things beyond run schools.
Fed-up December 31, 2013 at 09:09 AM
Free to move - are you just a kool aid drinker- have you tried selling your house with the taxes - the QU invasion - you must be living in another world
cheryl January 02, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Did you notice just how many homes in Hamden are for sale? People are moving. And it is because of the regulations and taxation by this LC, legacy cost, implementing overkill on the "green projects", and hiring these non governmental companies to do surveys, ie. traffic calming, etc. All at taxpayers expenses. Just a note to comment on this education debacle called "common core". Before you boast about it- research it. It stifles creativity, its all about data mining your children- gathering personal info on you and your children, monitoring you and your child's emotional, financial, even your political affiliations within your private home. Just research it for yourselves.
Thomas Alegi January 02, 2014 at 04:09 PM
CherryPine, please list the town services that Hamden taxpayers are receiving, compared to the same size towns in CT. Let me save you the time and effort, the town services are the same, but Hamden taxpayers pay more in property taxes for their services, why? Again let me save you the time and effort, the reasons are the Democrat Party in this town has lost its hearing and the Republican Party has lost its voice…... So Hamden’s young and old property owners are selling their homes, before their vision becomes impaired by the financial madness of our elected officials…. Let’s see I covered voice, vision and hearing what’s left smell? Someone else can comment on smell.
Basha Wassermann January 03, 2014 at 01:39 AM
With regard to Hamden's ever-escalating taxes, "CherryPine" is barking up the wrong (financial) tree! And speaking of "Pine"--I'm "pining" for the kind of town North Haven is--with Mayor Mike Freeda successfully bringing in highly successful companies which enrich North Haven's coffers, and thereby, reducing the tax burden upon its residents. Why do you think the homes in North Haven sell for so much more than homes in Hamden? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that due to the low property taxes coupled with top notch town services in North Haven, home buyers are flocking to North Haven (a true Tax Haven), while fleeing Hamden's unaffordable, escalating and excruciating property taxes. Plus--due to our terribly high/increasing property taxes, Hamden dwellers therefore have much less disposable income left over, to patronize Hamden businesses--thereby--Stop & Shop's closing, plus other businesses closing, resulting in a mass of empty stores--and it doesn't take an economic wizard to figure out that fewer businesses in Hamden= less taxes from businesses flowing into Hamden's coffers. There's a beautiful home near mine, (in Hamden), which has been on the market for 10 months--! No buyer will touch it--why? As lovely as it is, and well-priced, the taxes are too high. Thus, buyers flock to towns like North Haven to purchase homes. If Hamden were a boat, it would be floundering in very rough and unsafe (fiscal) waters. A reminder: Until about ten years ago, our property tax bills included sewer service. Then, we homeowners were told by the town that sewer service would no longer be provided by the town--and so then, we property owners were socked with a SEPARATE sewer bill--quarterly--which totals about $300 annually! So you can add about $300. or more, to the property tax you are now paying. Hamden's economic slight of hand: YOUR MONEY: "Now you see it, now you don't." Unfortunately, Hamden voters don't think about this in the voters booth--in fact, it appears that many don't think at all! "Tax us as much as you want--and we'll still vote for you!" Is Hamden's theme. Our loss, is North Haven's gain.
J D C January 04, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Since they built Sherman Ave and then the "Hamden Industrial Park" thats been it. For some reason that was good enough I suppose by somebodies standards for generating revenue. There isnt a major corporation in this town anymore. There used to be High Standard, Detroit Steel and parts of Olin and Winchester to name a couple but now, nada. Unless your GREENWICH that aint cuttin it. Champagne taste and Beer (bare) pockets is more like it.
Marjorie B. January 06, 2014 at 08:31 AM
I appreciate reading the input here. I ran for LC in the ninth district for the same reasons listed here. I am a fed up tax payer as well. I urge all of you, I cannot stress it enough, to come to Legislative Council meetings. I need to have your voices there with me! The council needs to hear from you directly. The first Monday and last Monday of the month at 7p at the "newly renovated Town Hall". Bring it to where you can tell the people directly what is on your minds. Things need to change in Hamden but it won't happen until regular everyday folks like us get involved. I ran for a seat and won, now I need the back up!! I will represent you but we need the numbers, the attendance and the voices to bring the change!
J D C January 06, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Sorry Marjorie but they need to be ousted at the voting booths. I wouldnt degrade myself by going there and WASTING my time trying to reason with a gaggle of DOLTS, THIEVES and SHEEP. If you want to get a protest going or a show of solidarity let me know. I think we've taken enough crap now while talking to the wall.

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