For all the love Democrats espouse for high taxes and big government, when it comes time for them to put their money where their mouth is, they all reveal they hate paying taxes just as much as the rest of us Americans do. So, it shouldn’t come as a shocker when Complete Colorado began to investigate the taxes Rep. Jared Polis pays on his now open portal to hell because of fracking vacation home, they didn’t exactly line up. As Complete Colorado reports:
U.S. Representative Jared Polis (D-Boulder) may be underpaying taxes on a portion of his beloved Weld County property, but it’s difficult to say that definitively.
Polis’ office has not returned a request for comment, and the Weld County Assessor’s office gave a cryptic response to our inquiry.
Complete goes on to explain the different type of designations that are attached to various parts of Polis’ numerous acres. More specifically, how a misdesignated piece of land may be allowing Polis to pay taxes at a rate 9x cheaper than what it actually should be. This appears to be a clear case of “Taxes for thee, but not for me.” We don’t blame Polis; it’s downright American to try to pay as little taxes as possible (we promise taxman, our business write-off of our new Pina colada machine is completely legit). What we do find incredibly dishonest is the hypocrisy of Polis’ actions when matched with his words. Democrats should stand by what they preach. If higher taxes is a policy they want to pursue, they should not look to weasel out of paying their own taxes.
The last laugh goes to Complete on this issue, as the subsequent actions by Polis makes it quite obvious Complete was barking up the right tree:
UPDATE: Just as we published this piece, we did another check of the numbers on the Weld County website. It now appears the discrepancy in tax evaluations has been cured, likely after we contacted Polis’ office on Wednesday, or when we contacted the assessor’s office in early June. The ‘dry farmland’ which was previously given an assessed value of $200 is now assessed at $1,600. Was it our investigation that forced the change? We’ll try to find out.
For as inhospitable as the land now is around Polis’ second home, we’re surprised he’s actually kept it almost a year after Polis declared himself that his “Colorado dream” was over. Guess he still likes it enough to be willing to pay even more taxes on it.