Property taxes are as arcane and dated as collecting a grist tax at the local grain mill; but alas, what's the alternative? David K Levdansky (Drunk- Forward Tahnship) proposed the standard mix of higher income and sales taxes last week. STOP taxing our properties would do something similar, except it would shift the burden away from property and onto income taxes or hidden nuisance taxes. Imagine that: Gramma pays property taxes, but would rather Sonny pick up the tab.
Shifting the burden has become increasingly unpalatable as the excesses of our government spending become more obvious. Turns out we can't afford to pay for the highways we have, let alone new ones that duplicate existing roads. Turns out we can't afford the extravagance of suburban sprawl and the massive duplication of services it demands. We also can't afford the massive corporate welfare give-aways moving companies like Westinghouse from Monroeville to Cranberry.
But how better to conceal these little items, one at a time, in things like Realty Transfer Taxes, or Cell Phone Taxes, or water bottle taxes. Pennsylvania will spend $27.5 Billion this year on lots of shit. Some of it we need, some we probably don't (legislative WAM money). Either way, the average Pennsylvanian will spend about $2,300 in taxes per person, or 5% of their income. Throw in local taxes, and we're drowning in infrastructure we can't afford.
For Republicans; move out of fucking Cranberry and Peters Township, you drive past 12 half-empty schools on your 45 mile commute to work on $4 billion worth of highways. For the Democrat's lack of enthusiasm; your cities rot because you bankroll bums that do little more than convert beer into piss. Time to set some social expectations.