I'd like to offer you a couple of ideas to consider on future shows.
1. Fee for Service taxation- People currently pay service fees for city and county services such as trash collection.
Example $20.00 per month, 3 cans, 1 can for trash, 1 can for recycles, 1 can for green plant materials.
Everyone pays the same fee, regardless as to whether you own the home you live, or rent, etc.
This is the MOST fair and equitable method of paying for city services.
The use of property taxes to pay for essential services forces some people to pay thousands of dollars more for the exact same services as others simply because they may have purchased a home at different times than others.
Example: I once owned a home and paid $2800.00 per year in property taxes. My next door neighbor, with the EXACT same house, floor plan, square footage, and lot size, only paid $350.00 per year.
We both receive the same city and county services right?
We both call the police and the police show up?
So, how can it be FAIR in anyone's mind that one person should pay 10 times the cost for the EXACT SAME PRODUCT or SERVICE?
The answer is direct billing, fee for services rendered.
Everyone gets the service and everyone gets a tax bill.
On the tax bill is a list of charges for all the various city and county services.
The poor an be allowed to work community service hours to pay for the city and county services they TOO enjoy every day. Just because you don't have money doesn't mean they are OFF the HOOK.
Also, by having the poor WORK for their services, it may lower the cost of the city services for those who pay?
Example: Landscaping at city parks can be handled by poor people performing community service work in lieu of payments for the services they enjoy. This would offset some of the costs for these services.