Would you like to know how taxes are spent and what we get for our
should know how tax money is used and what it achieves.
needs to tell more than how much it spends. Government needs
to tell what that spending will accomplish, and why
that spending and accomplishment are important.
we raise taxes, we should be sure that we’ve controlled our
costs, managed our resources, and developed clear plans for
the future revenues.
Will there ever be enough funding for everything we want and need?
probably can’t get all the funding we need for everything at
have to set priorities, and we have to make choices
need to start now to have revenue sources for the future
1995, about 30% of our city’s revenues came from commercial
and industrial property tax, and about 70% came from
residential tax. Today, the portion that comes from
residential taxes is almost 80%:
- We keep shifting the tax
burden to homeowners
- We can change that by
developing more commerce and sustainable industry
- We will never have
sufficient funds if we depend on residential property tax
we work hard to provide affordable housing, while at the same
time larger and more expensive homes dominate the city, we are
squeezing middle-income earners and those on fixed incomes.
must set priorities, we must select projects and actions and
programs carefully, and we must have long-term plans that
allow us to get to things as we can afford.
need a long-term action for developing new revenues; luck,
accident, and dependency on state or federal funds are not
need to start implementing a successful strategy now.