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More insanity from Austin. And it’s pretty funny this time. :)

June 14, 2014

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/business/surge-in-property-tax-bills-spurs-push-to-reform-t/ngBXt/?icmp=statesman_internallink_textlink_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesman_launch#c710210c.3313332.735385

“Surge in property tax bills spurs push to reform tax appraisal process”

“It’s not because I don’t like paying taxes,” said Gardner, who attended both meetings. “I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can’t afford to live here anymore. I’ll protest my appraisal notice, but that’s not enough. Someone needs to step in and address the big picture.”

I laughed out loud when I read this article.  I’ve seen it linked to by a couple of other places now.  I heard it mentioned again today and I read it again and laughed again.

Here’s the big insanity of having voters use tax dollars forced from their neighbors to pay for these projects.  If the people that actually used the services were forced to pay what they cost to deliver, there’d be a lot fewer government services.  Why?  Because it would be readily apparent that those services are only valuable when the complacent majority is forced to fund the tiny percentage of people that actually consume the services.

This lady, and everyone like her, got exactly what she deserved.  It used to be a tenet of conservatism that the government wouldn’t do anything that could be done by the private sector.  There was a good reason for that.  Government NEVER has any incentive to conserve or be efficient.  As a result, they don’t do either:  be conservative or be efficient.  Why should they?  All they’ll need to do is to raise taxes to cover these “valuable services to the community”.

I suspect that this country will be in for some rude shocks when the dollar collapses and we discover how many of these “vital” services that we can do without.  It might be nice if we could learn that before the collapse, but I don’t see any hope for that.

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