Support for property-tax rollbacks is building from Arizona to New York, fueled by angry homeowners in some locales who are seeing rising tax bills despite plunging home prices.
In Indiana, a cap on property taxes enacted last year became effective Jan. 1, and lawmakers are planning to vote this year on whether to put before voters a constitutional amendment that would cap taxes permanently at 1% of a property's value.
One of the many ways you pay for pluralism is that local communities are encouraged to provide a vast array of services for people who in former times would have been turned away.
Infrastructure costs -- hospitals, police, roads, public facilities, education -- eat up most of this cost. And why are they so expensive?
It's a laundry list. Illegals come to mind for many. For others of us, however, the question is one of pluralism in general.
Communities are now expected to provide a diversity of services, even for homegrown diversity, and it costs a lot more. With pluralism comes a rise in disorder, which requires more infrastructure and services.
For government, when things were heading up and up, it seemed like a good bet to keep adding more government. Anti-drug cops, anti-drug lectures. Signs in Spanish. More facilities for different types of activities. Education: English as a second language, special education, and trendy new types of education.
Now people are seeing that we didn't have the money all along.