Yes, it’s Takoma Park’s budget season. Cry woe, woe, woe! Pour a drink and hide under the futon. As usual, taxes are going up – if the proposed budget passes. Proposed budgets never pass without changes, and the tax rate is usually changed. But, it never changes a lot, and almost never goes down so much that citizens pay less than in the previous year. Note that the RATE goes down, but the TAXES go up. That’s because the tax is based on property values, which go up.