Chris Coons lust for taxes seems to know no bounds. Even DE seniors are unsafe in his wake:
New Castle County Council members are expected to vote Tuesday on legislation that would reduce future property tax exemptions for senior citizens and the disabled. … County Executive Chris Coons said he supports the ordinance because it doesn’t eliminate the exemption entirely, which was the recommendation of a task force convened last year to examine county finances. (Angie Basiouny, “NCCo Tax Exemption Cuts Up For Vote,” The News Journal, September 10, 2007)
The county’s senior tax exemption, which is $50,000 for those older than 65 who qualify, helps cushion the impact of a tax increase for older residents. Their tax bill would rise an average of $18 a year, under the proposal. (Angie Basiouny, “17 Percent Tax Hike Proposed For NCCo,” The News Journal, March 21, 2007)
But his determination to raise taxes on seniors is a bit ironic considering how, a couple of years earlier, he tried to take credit for the tax exemptions for seniors–even though he wasn’t even in office when the exemption was enacted:
Mr. Gordon’s press office had good reason to criticize. Mr. Coons tried to take credit for expanding the county’s senior citizen property tax exemption, which was enacted before he even took office. Mr. Coons tried to wiggle out of that confrontation by saying he ‘fought for the exemption,’ which is different from passing it. (Editorial, “Press Advantages,” The News Journal, September 10, 2004)
It looks like Coons will say anything to get elected as long as he can still raise taxes once in office.