Collin County Judge Keith Self takes on taxes:
The constant drumbeat for higher taxes continues. Many regional and local government and quasi-government organizations are developing detailed plans to lobby the state legislature for higher taxes in several different areas: a new transit tax, higher sales tax, higher gas tax, higher property tax, and even a new hospital taxing district that I will discuss at the end of the blog. Even with the current state surplus, there seems to be no end to the appetite for higher taxes. This is not some far-away effort in Austin, it is right here in North Texas. As you watch media reports, you can see the outlines of the efforts to come next year during the legislative session.
I want to address a flawed idea that we see again and again as the tax-and-spend crowd tries to convince you that they need more of your hard-earned dollars. Time and time again, we read and hear the argument that all our new citizens who are moving to Collin County require greater services and therefore citizens who currently live here need to contribute more tax dollars to fund those greater services that our new citizens require. The tax-and-spend crowd never heard of Phil Gramm’s Dickie Flatt test.
What this argument does not bother to mention is that all our new citizens are paying property tax on the houses they buy, they are paying sales tax on the goods they buy, and they are paying fees for registering and inspecting their cars. They are paying their taxes, just as you are. More citizens are shouldering the tax load, so your tax burden should be able to stay steady, or even decrease.
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