Comment 32391

By A Smith (anonymous) | Posted July 11, 2009 at 19:15:22

No I don't, but neither do you. The only numbers we do have are tax rates and average home prices. These two numbers tell us that inner city Hamilton pays less than other areas, therefore, unless someone can figure out exactly how much services each area of Hamilton receives, we are all arguing from a position of ignorance.

The best solution, in this case, is to reduce tax rates for everybody, which will allow us all to keep more of our wealth. For example, take all water costs (including maintenance and expansion) completely off the property tax and put it on our water bills. That way if you use lots of water, thus straining the system, you pay more to build it back up. Introducing tolls on busy roads would help as well. Charging a small fee (5 cents) per book at the local library. All of these things would still allow for public goods, but would force the biggest users to pay more.

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