Your rent is going up. You’re going to blame me and call me a “mean, old, money-grabbing landlord.”
But it’s your own fault. Last year’s property taxes were $5,319.38, and this year they were $6,614.78.
That’s an increase of $1,295.40. Why so much? Well, there were two bond issues that you voted for: first, the Cuesta CCD bond ($111.58), and the Atascadero USD Go Bond ($342.14). Then, the house was reassessed to a full 1 percent value. That raised taxes another $727.32. After adding the other “service agency” tax increases ($114.36), we get to the grand total of $1,295.40.
You think I got a break when house values went down and the property taxes went down a little.
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Well, that’s not quite right because I had never raised the rent before, and it’s been rented for over 10 years. During that time, I’ve replaced the roof, carpet and water heater, fixed a lot of other things, painted the home and paid the garbage and water — those also went up. Inflation has increased the cost of everything to maintain the home.
I have to increase the rent $108 per month just to pay the property taxes.