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In an article in the Napa Valley Register on Friday, Dec. 4, we read that three new local taxes are being proposed for the ballot in 2016 ("School district weighing bond for next year").

Another Napa Valley Unified school bond tax; another Napa Valley College school bond tax and a jail bond tax! All three are designed by the tax-and-spenders to attach to our homes, mobile home parks, apartment buildings and commercial property such as grocery stores and gas stations. Most new bond taxes take 40 years to pay off.

I live in Napa, and recently looked at my current tax bill on my home and found that I am already paying on four school bond taxes. And a little research found that they total about $440 million and will not be paid off for 34 more years.

I checked with my real estate agent and found that the median-priced home in Napa now pays more than $400 a year for school taxes. That is $13,600 over the next 34 years. Could that double with all these new taxes?

There is good and there is bad here. First the good. We can take pride that we have already voted to support our schools and the college and are willing to pay the existing taxes to help them out. Now the bad. The new taxes they want may more than double what we are now paying.

These taxes once voted for come home to roost and cannot be ignored. They are collected with the property tax bill and if not paid, the county will take your house, apartment building or mobile park.

If you voted for or failed to vote against these taxes, landlords and mobile park owners have no option but to raise your rent to allow you to pay for the taxes you supported.

More good: you can register to vote and vote against these new bond taxes and defeat them. More bad: if you don’t vote to defeat them, a very small majority of residents can pass new taxes and impose them on you.

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I found that the college tax asking us for more than $100 million on the November 2014 election was defeated by only 455 “NO” votes.

More good: I represent the grassroots group Napa County Taxpayers Association. We are gearing up to oppose and defeat these new taxes. Members of our group have worked to defeat a road tax and two college taxes in this county. We will soon have a website and will be holding public meetings and really could use your help. Stay tuned, and don’t forget to register and vote “NO” on all new taxes.

Linda Stevens

Napa

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