March 29, 2012

give me liberty, not more taxes

Some people might think life in a small midwest town is inexpensive. In some ways it is: housing prices are cheaper than in the big cities and free-range chicken eggs purchased from a local farmer can be less expensive than buying corporate-farm eggs from the grocery store. But the sales tax isn't necessarily less than in bigger cities. Our current sales tax rate here in The Small Town is 8.55%. City officials want to increase it to 9.3%. We go to the polls next week to pass or fail the measure.
Politics can also be dirty in a small town. City officials are threatening to increase our property taxes if we the people do not increase the sales tax.
Here's a novel idea: eliminate or decrease funding for non-essential items in the city budget and use that money for needed items.
There is much local opposition to any tax increase.

1 comment:

  1. Our taxes in this state are uniform, but higher. There is a 7% State sales tax on all goods and services except food (from a grocery store) and a 2.75% local tax imposed by cities, small towns, and counties for a total of 9.75%. [By State law the local taxes can range from 1% to 2.75%, but by this time, all local jurisdictions are charging the maximum.] The only relief we see is that our new governor has asked the legislature to lower the sales tax on food by 0.25% each year for the next two years, bringing it down to 5% by 2014.