Omaha mayor pushes toilet paper tax
Federal tax of 10 cents a roll to upgrade sewer systems would be the ultimate user tax and ease the squeeze on city funds.
If Washington, D.C., is going to demand that local governments upgrade their sewer systems, then Washington, D.C., should help pay for the improvements.
And what better way than a federal excise tax on toilet paper?
The extra 10 cents on every roll of toilet paper was one of the ideas from Omaha, Neb., Mayor Jim Suttle, who's looking for ways to help pay his city's $1.7 billion federally mandated sewer project cost.
Given the linking of taxes and bathroom humor, the toilet paper tax proposal pops up across the country now and then.
Suttle admits that he got the idea from an Oregon lawmaker who suggested a similar plan a couple of years ago as a way to help cities and the environment. But the
Midwest mayor thinks the time might actually be right for such a tax.
He could have a point.
Use taxes tend to be more accepted by the public.
The toilet paper levy also has some hallmarks of the ever popular sin tax strategy.
No, using the facilities isn't a sin, but the toilet paper tax shares some similarities of, say, such specific fees on cigarettes and sugar-sweetened beverages.
The product being taxed -- toilet paper -- ties in nicely with the project -- sewer system -- needing financing.
And the levy doesn't discriminate against one segment of taxpayers since everyone (we hope!) uses the bathroom tissue.
"If you have to pick your poison, which poison is best?" asked John S. McCollister, executive director of the conservative think tank The Platte Institute. "User fees seem the fairest type of tax. The person receiving the benefit should be the person paying for that benefit."
I can see another supporter of a federal toilet paper tax: Costco. Think of the crowds that would head to the warehouse discounter to stock up on lower-priced rolls.
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Rather than cut the budget, he gave raises to his staff when he entered office and entered the city into a $500 month lease for his personal "work" vehicle. He has passed a 2.5% entertainment tax, a $50 wheel tax on nonresidents that work in the city to repair residential streets (not the main thoroughfares), and survived a recall effort by paying the homeless in the city to "work for his campaign". (Ironically they bussed these guys to the poling places to go vote after their "training".) He is as crooked as they come and he is driving business and people out of the city and into the suburban towns surrounding the city.(Look at the latest census.)
The city knew this was coming for years. They decided to not make any long term plans to help business cover the cost of this federally mandated project. The costs are now being passed on to the residents and local business, hence anyone that can afford to leave city limits are fleeing like rats off a sinking ship. His tax revenues are dropping due to the migration out of the city, and he is desperate to find a way to get the city budget balanced with out having to cut "services" to his voting base.
Trust me, he is no great thinker. He is an incompetent fool desperate to cover his behind.
Sounds great, EXCEPT such a tax never winds up specific for the intended project;
the money goes into the general fund, and spent on other projects.
The state lottery intended for education is the perfect example.
We need a tax on politication for lying, for coming up with stupid ideas and not doing their job..
Only taxes that are vote on by the people of the country,state, county, metro districts and cities can be applied. The people approve all taxes......
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