In a theme we have ready before, the WDT opines about lowering the county sales tax back to 7% and essentially let the property tax bear the brunt of any increases in spending.
Putting aside whether the answer is in cutting expenses, the sales tax has allowed for the continuation of services at the local level without the kind of unbridled property taxes we have seen in some areas.
As I have said before, the sales tax distribution formula I helped renegotiate years ago is yielding revenue that has allowed for a decrease in the property tax levy in the City and no levy in many towns. The sales tax collects from a broad base, including the many visitors to the county.
Property taxes are problematic as they are a direct impediment to holding on to what is most dear to you...your home...your property. It should not be made worse. Any cut in tax rates, sales or property, must be funded by real cuts or consolidations. To do otherwise is fooling ourselves.
Watertown Daily Times Tax shuffle Jefferson County should lower sales tax rate