Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Value For the Dollar

In the years ahead, people in Jefferson County will demand not only that their taxes be kept low, but more value for the taxes that they do pay:

There is little doubt that Jefferson County is a wonderful place to live-yours truly lives in Jefferson County and wouldn't want to reside anywhere else by the grace of God. However, the fact that the county continues to grow presents some very unique challenges. We know that roughly 70% of county residents currently work outside of the county, and that diminishes the local tax base. The presence of more people will help modify the tax base to a degree, but those new residents are going to eventually demand better and more well-funded schools, and if both property and sales taxes and other fees keep rising, the increasing base of residents will have the right to demand better services for the taxes they pay than what they are getting.

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