Nationwide Tax Revolt Is Coming

Discussion in 'Economics' started by ASusilovic, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Cities, states, and municipalities have a huge budget problem. That problem is caused by too much spending. The sensible thing to do would be to reduce expenditures.

    Instead Cities Turn to Fees to Fill Budget Gaps.

    After her sport utility vehicle sideswiped a van in early February, Shirley Kimel was amazed at how quickly a handful of police officers and firefighters in Winter Haven, Fla., showed up. But a real shock came a week later, when a letter arrived from the city billing her $316 for the cost of responding to the accident.

    “I remember thinking, ‘What the heck is this?’ ” says Ms. Kimel, 67, an office manager at a furniture store. “I always thought this sort of thing was covered by my taxes.”

    It used to be. But last July, Winter Haven became one of a few dozen cities in the country to start charging “accident response fees.” The idea is to shift the expense of tending to and cleaning up crashes directly to at-fault drivers. Either they, or their insurers, are expected to pay.

    With the economy flailing and budgets strained, state and local governments are being creative about ways to raise money. And the go-to idea is to invent a fee — or simply raise one.

    Ohio’s governor has proposed a budget with more than 150 new or increased fees, including a fivefold increase in the cost to renew a livestock license, as well as larger sums to register a car, order a birth certificate or dump trash in a landfill. Other fees take aim at landlords, cigarette sellers and hospitals, to name a few.

    Wisconsin’s governor, James E. Doyle, has proposed a charge on slaughterhouses that would be levied on the basis of each animal slaughtered.

    Washington’s mayor, Adrian M. Fenty, has proposed a “streetlight user fee” of $4.25 a month, to be added to electric bills, that would cover the cost of operating and maintaining the city’s streetlights. New York City recently expanded its anti-idling law to include anyone parked near a school who leaves the engine running for more than a minute. Doing that will cost you $100.

    ROFL ! LOL ! I would buy a flight ticket and leave this country ! :D
  2. TGregg


    You need to pony up $16.59 in posting fees. :D
  3. This is not a free CUNTry. you have to pay ur taxes.:)
  4. MattF


    didn't that just go up again?
  5. clacy


    Government is completely out of control at all levels, IMO. They will push rates until there is a fiscally conservative revolt.
  6. Teabaggers!!!!!!!!!!!!


  7. pspr


    Don't move, don't breath, don't do anything or you'll get taxed for it.

    Here's the solution. Everything is stored magnetically in computers on computer tapes. There are several devices that can be purchased used to test high voltage wires that emit an electo-magnetic pulse strong enough to wipe out any magnet media nearby. Just put one in a trailer and drive over to your local city hall and flip the switch. Problem solved! No more tax records, no more tickets, no more city bills of any kind.

    Next, head to the IRS in Ogden UT.
  8. Once again, look at the States and cities where these 'Fees" are being placed. 90% are BLUE STATES and Winter Haven FL is a huge Liberal town.
  9. Don't forget to pay the electro-magnetic pulse fee. And cover your groin when you set it off (like that guy in Ocean's Eleven).
  10. achilles28


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    #10     Apr 13, 2009