Last login: Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I agree that taxes should have no link to "value" which is an arbitrary and capricious measurement. The cost of the property has no direct relationship to the services that it is provided with by the local government.
The only fair tax is an occupancy tax or flat tax that in some manner establishes a baseline level of services that are tied to occupancy. For example, if you had a housing unit that is an SFR, you would have a zoning restriction that only allows for one family to occupy it, and the services extended to the occupants would be based on the level appropriate for only one family, for example public school education available to only two children (more you have to pay for), things such as that, are fair.
Property in most cases is not for profit. People live there. So the idea of collecting an ad valorem tax, which was appropriate back in medieval times because it taxed the productivity of an estate (like a gross receipts tax), makes no sense to us moderns - we dont derive income from our homes that we live in.
Also, dwellers in MFRs get a huge subsidy. Those structures should be taxed based on their SFR equivalent. So if you have a family of 4 on the lease, it needs to be taxed like any other baseline SFR. And that could all be tied into things like school records and assessments for services.
March 3, 2010 at 12:37 a.m.
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