Our Property Tax System is Broken

I’ve been reading Seth Godin’s daily blog for years now and his post today made me think about our current approach to taxing real estate in Cincinnati.

Different kinds of broken systems

From healthy to toast…

Something is broken, we know it’s broken, we can fix it right away and we’ll learn from it.

It’s broken, we know it’s broken, we fixed it, don’t worry, but we learned nothing, it will break again, I’m just doing my job.

It’s broken, we know it’s broken, but we don’t think we can afford to fix it.

It’s broken, but we don’t know it’s broken.

It’s not broken (it is, but we’re not willing to admit it).

It’s broken, we may or may not know it’s broken, but mostly, we don’t care enough to try to fix it, to learn how we could fix it better or even to accept help from people who care.

From my perspective we are in the “It’s broken, but we don’t know it’s broken” category.  My goal is to get us to “Something is broken, we know it’s broken, we can fix it right away, and we’ll learn from it.”

 

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