Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Allen County Food and Beverage Tax

As the readers of this blog know the Allen County Food and Beverage tax was "sold" to the taxpayers of Allen County by:

1. Claiming it was a temporary tax.
2. Claiming that it would be used for only one specific purpose.

Nelson Peters is proposing using the "Temporary" Food and Beverage Tax for purposes other then support of the Coliseum according to the newspapers:

<http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/fortwayne/news/local/16670487.htm>

I think the tax should be abolished once its original purpose is fulfilled.

What do you think?

Mike Sylvester

4 comments:

Kody Tinnel said...

I agree that it should be abolished after it is no longer needed for its original purpose.

The people in charge could potentially keep it going for many many years using new city projects as an excuse to keep it in place. They would probably rather find or make a new need for it than do away with it altogether.

Mike Kole said...

Taxes should always have a sunset provision. Look at the telephone tax from the Spanish-American War (1898) that was finally repealed in the last year or so.

Who was it that said, "there is nothing quite so permenant as a temporary tax"?

Jeff Pruitt said...

Anyone that actually believes in the "temporary tax" myth is a fool and deserves to pay it forever...

Bryan Andonian said...

Does anyone truly know what the real purpose is for? Shouldn't the Coliseum be self sufficient using users fees? Just my .02 worth.