How much tax is too much tax ? In SLC, the local governing class is trying hard to convince state lawmakers to let them have more.
The problem with the proposed tax hike in St. Lawrence County is that it comes admidst so many other government mandated increases and it really cannot be justified on the basis of several years of alleged no increases in the local property tax levy.
What the higher tax does is institutionalize a higher level of government and somewhat mask it all by having a larger share of local government covered by sources of revenue other than the property tax.
When we all talk about the taxpayer, just who are we talking about.
In Watertown, only one in five general fund dollars comes from property taxes. In some area school districts it's less than one in ten.
So while we talk about property tax stability and relief, we are all being terribly misleading.
The infusion of extra money from the sales tax will mask for a time the cost of so much government, and it will avoid the unpopular subject of cutting public sector positions.
All the talk of satisfying state lawmakers that the "taxpayers" won't be affected by the largest single tax hike in local history is specious.
The real reason is this hike eliminates the need for any tough decisions for the next five or six years. If that's sufficient rationale for doing it, then go ahead.
If you are saying that's exactly what you did ten years ago in Jefferson County, I would say, 'yes we did'.
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