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TAXES: Should we pick and choose the taxes to pay?

Letter by Dave Burns, Spanaway on July 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm with 1 Comment »
July 26, 2011 10:28 am

Re: “Regressive sales tax hurts low-income families” (letter, 7-24).

This letter illustrates how uneducated citizens are about taxes.

The writer complains that taxpayers shouldn’t be asked to pay more for services that most people don’t use. Using that logic, since most people don’t call fire or police for emergency help, perhaps we should eliminate that service altogether. Let people who are more likely to use that service pay for it exclusively.

I have no children, yet I pay increasingly higher property taxes for our local schools. Do I get a rebate from the county? If families elect to have children, let them pay for their education themselves. Same goes for Social Security, Medicare, health care and so on.

Most voters understand the challenges in the current economic state and are reluctant to pass any tax increase. But hopefully voters will recognize the importance of having a local service so vital as police and fire that they pass the proposed measure – even if most voters do not use that service.

 

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  1. Dave,
    I have a degree in finance so I think I understand how taxes work. I didn’t say we shouldn’t pay for services we don’t use. I did say we can’t continue to pay more for services we don’t use. We already are paying .6% for Pierce Transit and $.70 a month for 911 service every month on every phone line. If you look at the percentage of income from fares for Pierce Transit you will see that they account for less than 20% of the revenue. The average fare is less than $1.00 based on the numbers from Pierce Transit. We need to help pay for services but the users should pay their fair share. Bus riders can pay more for the service they use. I have voted for levies for the schools, fire and EMS. I am happy to pay my share.

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