Monday, January 05, 2009

What do property taxes pay for


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.

WSJ


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.

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