Some people are obsessed with taxes … claiming they pay too much in taxes … that taxes are not good for anyone … that taxes kill incentives of all kind … and they don’t ever support increases in any taxes they have to pay.
I’m not that concerned about taxes, though I don’t gleefully write the checks when they are due.
The Wichita City Council is looking at a proposed budget for next year that contains no request for an increase in the property tax levy … for the 20th straight year. It’s also been several years since Sedgwick County or the local school district asked for property tax increases. We want our governments to live within their means, and that may mean citizens realize a drop in services.
Do these low local taxes translate into economic growth? I have some serious doubts about that. Frankly, over the past few years, I haven’t seen the local economy exactly booming.
I believe in responsible government spending … along with responsible taxation.
Our thought for today is from Benjamin Franklin:
“But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”