Comment 14608

By adrian (registered) | Posted November 27, 2007 at 09:28:37

arienc says,

Federal income tax was never intended to pay for infrastructure which widely varies by community and by province. Why should someone in the NWT who doesn't even have sewage, pay part of the tab for a Hamilton arts centre?

Why should anyone pay for anything that doesn't directly benefit them? The answer of course is that we all live in the same country. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Anyway, there are other ways of fixing this issue that don't involve federal income tax. A proportion of the GST as David Miller has proposed would also work just fine. Or give cities wider powers of taxation. Why not have a municipal income tax, or a municipal sales tax?

Those additional taxes could be offset by decreases in the federal taxes. Why should my tax dollars be going to a federal government awash in surplus cash, so they can be spent sending troops to a foreign war or evading action on climate change, while my city's infrastructure is crumbling?

Why should my safety be put at risk while there is more than enough money in this country to make Hamilton and other cities outstanding places to live and work?

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