ABC's Dream home brings a big tax hike

Detroit Free Press: Dream home brings a big tax hike

ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition gives families in need beautiful, state of the art new homes and usually other grossly expensive technology and/or vehicles and/or benefits like college scholarships.

"But the value of their property has more than doubled: Carlson estimates it's worth about $497,000, putting the Llaneses' 2007 tax bill at about $14,550.

'If the (proposed law) doesn't pass, we will be in a far worse situation than we were in before,' Vic Llanes said. 'What choice do we have if we get driven away with the taxes? The last thing we want to do is to move.'"

Cheryl: HA! I told you so!

I've never liked that show, and this is why. Right from the first episode we ever saw, I told (my wife) Cheryl this show was a bad idea unless they were also going to pay the family's property taxes, and that surely they wouldn't, so suffering families are eventually going to suffer further, unjustly.

Their choice is going to be sell the house (and reap the profit) and have to leave the neighbourhood and give up their amazing gift, or live with a huge financial burden.

The show draws a huge TV audience, effectively selling advertising (and probably getting materials and labour at reduced rates in exchange for advertising and promotion) by pulling on the audience's heart-strings for an hour, letting them witness amazing blessings bestowed upon deserving people. There's not enough of that in the world so this outrageous public lottery reality show feeds that need. But when ABC leaves, the family is left to fend for themselves. Boo ABC. It's great that advertising can fund the help these families receive, but that support system is gone as soon as the advertising audience is gone.

Thankfully, it looks like some state government(s) might be looking to amend the tax laws to give these lucky family a break.

Written on January 15, 2007