Property Taxes On The Rise In BozeAngeles And The U.S.

The rural piece of land in Montana that Art Mangels, a retired potato farmer, has lived in for 10 years boasts breathtaking views of snowy peaks, banks of the Big Hole River and acres of grasslands full of wildlife. But in recent months, the land has also come with a hefty property tax bill that is now 35 percent higher compared to 2022.

The spike is one of the consequences of Montana’s Wuhan coronavirus pandemic real estate boom that has transformed the city of Bozeman into what Mangels calls “Bozeangeles.”

The pandemic real estate boom is also felt in nearby Beaverhead County, where cows far outnumber people. The fallout is also threatening to cross from personal into political.

Like other longtime residents, Mangels is frustrated with Montana’s legislature and politicians. He explained that while the real estate boom has been beneficial for the BozeAngeleans, who were able to buy up “a lot of acreage, a lot of big ranches,” farmers and retired farmers like him, are “getting penalized for it.”

Mangel, who runs fishing cabin rentals, is disillusioned because farmers have contributed greatly to the economy for decades. (Related: Farmer protests erupt across Europe over GREEN POLICIES that demand the obliteration of food production.)

Four years after the pandemic, remote workers moved to cheaper housing with beautiful scenery across the Mountain West, long-time residents have paid the cost with tax hikes driven by the sudden growth in property tax values.

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