Survey Question #3 Responses – Do you favor a two-tier property tax system?

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 It has been suggested by a City Council member that property taxpayers whose legal residence is in Newport receive a discount on their taxes. Opponents argue that such an arrangement would discourage second home ownership in Newport, which has been a financial boon to the city.  
Do you favor a two-tier property tax system?
06/03/2013 7581023 [No]
The last thing Newport should be doing is discouraging second home ownership. Non-resident owners contribute equally to the cost of Newport’s services while utilizing fewer of those services, benefiting Newport residents. A prime example is the costs of Newport’s schools.
06/05/2013 7607639 [Yes]
A tax exemption would be a benefit to our year round residents. Too many homes are “dark” in the offseason, and while we don’t have to pay to educate children in those homes, having vacant homes is damaging the fabric of our community.
I’m not sure that seasonal ownership is a financial boon to anyone but the person who sells their house to someone who wants to live here for 10 weeks of the year.
06/05/2013 7607714 [Yes]
If one wants a second home here they can afford a little more taxes…..most rent them out for Salve in winter
06/05/2013 7607915 [Yes]
We should be encouraging year-round occupancy and building a stronger community around year-round people.
06/06/2013 7610587 [Yes]
People who can afford a second home are not that worried about a slightly higher tax bill.
06/06/2013 7610759 [Yes]
For those of us who live in Newport and this is our primary property, many of us are struggling with increase in taxes and utilities. Where else will we go? If Newport is a second property, and often an income property. As beautiful as Newport is, please make our stay in Newport more pleasant by adjusting the cost of our primary home here and discount our taxes. We keep the town beautiful and give a charm to the properties to encourage others to come here.
06/06/2013 7610787 [Yes]
Might not make much difference to those who can afford a second home in Newport. How much of a differential? Perhaps the second tier could be those who own residential property as investment only, as multiple units stress the infrastructure and resources more than vacation owners.
06/06/2013 7610965 [No]
There must be other ways of rewarding Newport’s legal, voting residents. How about free or reduced fee parking in some of the city’s lots? How about reduced beach rates?
06/06/2013 7611821 [No]
I don’t think that would be fair. I also don’t think it’s fair that most condos seem to be taxed at a higher rate than single homes.
06/06/2013 7616744 [No]
Our property taxes are relatively low as it is (as a percentage of home value). Permanent residents use more services, part-timers spend more money here that was earned somewhere else. That’s already well enough balanced in my mind.
06/06/2013 7623705 [Yes]
Think proper residents should get a break over people who buy primarily for investment & rent – they are nit really a meaningful part of the neighborhood & sometimes affect the neighborhood in a negative manner
06/06/2013 7625136 [Yes]
If 2nd home ownership declines, maybe then middle class families will be able to afford to live in Newport.
06/06/2013 7631741 [No]
Discriminatory and unfair to those part time residents who generally use fewer services
06/07/2013 7640100 [No]
Year-round residents use the services provided through property taxes more than 2nd home owners. I’d be happier if the city fined 2nd home owners for not shoveling their sidewalks when it snows.
06/07/2013 7641274 [Yes]
Again, the locals put up with traffic and rude visitors, crowds etc and most of us do not profit from the huge influx of tourist. our life becomes more difficult in the summer. i dread tourist season. we should at least have a break on our taxes.
06/09/2013 7656513 [No]
Pay the assessed taxes or stay out of the fray. This again would only enhance the rich.
06/09/2013 7656815 [Yes]
Newport needs fewer second homes and more year round residents who are the backbone of a flourishing urban enviroment
06/09/2013 7657054 [Yes]
Second homeowners may be taking up housing resources that the working class, middle-class need to remain in the city and contribute to the life of the community.
06/09/2013 7657569 [Yes]
Even if you own 2or more homes in the city, you should get a local tax break on the home in which you reside, not the other(s). After all, you are making money on those other homes. Common sense.
06/09/2013 7657693 [Yes]
or Homestead credit
06/09/2013 7657822 [No]
First time hearing of this, but doesn’t that seem a little backward? The folks who are living here are using more resources than those who have the property as a second home. However, if you tie this to the previous question – could there be differences in taxation based on owner-occupied residences, part-time residences (not rented out while the owner is away), yearly rentals and short term rentals.
06/09/2013 7657856 [Yes]
The problem is not out-of-town summer residents, but absentee landlords. My street is a mixture of resident and out-of-town owners. We residents have the year-round burden of maintaining our neighborhoods while struggling with issues such as parking. In my neighborhood, there are many multi-family dwellings without off-street parking (grandfathered). Their tenants hog the on-street parking places, and long-term (aging!) residents are pushed farther and farther away from their homes. The least we could get from the city would be a discount on our taxes without having to endure the humiliation of pleading poverty and old age.
06/09/2013 7658152 [No]
We’re residents, but still, a two-tier system would be unfair. Plus, we use most of the resources.
06/09/2013 7658208 [No]
Why discriminate? Ridiculous. Those with legal residence more than anyone should support local services and infrasructure. Odd idea. Water, crime, and schools…hello.
06/09/2013 7659436 [No]
The last word in taxation without representation. The non-resident taxpayer with a second home vacant much of the year is far less of a burden on municipal infrastructure and public services than the full time resident landowner.
06/09/2013 7659687 [Yes]
The city is in desperate need of year-around residents to support a more stable, robust, and multi dimensional economy. Perhaps a tax system that favors residents as opposed to second home owners is a solid, structural way to built that. The second home market drives up prices yet provides little else for the economy year-around.
06/10/2013 7664441 [Yes]
Those who own a second home in Newport drive up the prices of homes making it harder for year around residents to find affordable places to live.
06/10/2013 7666770 [No]
No tax discounts for ex military either
06/10/2013 7667750 [Yes]
So many ordinances in Newport favor those who are second home owners. The town caters to tourism at the expense of year-round residents. Give year-rounders a break on at least one thing that will save them money and encourage goodwill that the city actually cares about its year-round residents.
06/10/2013 7668441 [Yes]
We need to encourage year-round residency – and a preferred residents tax would help. People who choose Newport for a second home MIGHT be discouraged by a differential tax rate – but they choose Newport because they LOVE Newport, not because of a tax status.
06/10/2013 7668946 [No]
would drive down house prices. if anything primary residences should pay more because they use more services!! consider a 1% “mansion tax” on property sales over $1 million!
06/10/2013 7670416 [Yes]
Many of those that have a second home rent it out for high fees and the locals are left to deal with the issue as a result.

3 thoughts on “Survey Question #3 Responses – Do you favor a two-tier property tax system?”

  1. No, We are residents but definitely feel this tax would be unfair. How about taxing the Mansions? Best properties in Newport go untaxed. Not really non-profit. They use our tax resources like Police, Fire, DPW.

  2. Totally in favor of a two tier tax for rentals of less than a year. If you want to get families back to Newport, they need available housing at a fair rent. Currently investors purchase houses rent to the college at a premium and then get the summer rental at an extremely high rate. Many of these owners could not care any less about year round residents. The only thing they want is that rent check…They do not have to worry about he noise, trash, and parking they live elsewhere. Give a break to the year round residents who actually care about what happens here.

  3. No, taxes should be based on value not type of ownership. What an administrative nightmare for the Tax Assesor’s Office. And how would it withstand a legal challenge since as several commentators pointed out, year-round residents use more services?

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