Letters From the Community


September 11, 2019

It's we who lose

Who really pays a tax increase, whether it be a new tax, a levy, or a property bond? When a manufacturer gets a tax increase to keep his percentage of profit at the same level, he raises the cost to the wholesaler, then the wholesaler passes it on to the distributor, and the distributor passes it on to the seller (which in many instances is a small business operation.) This puts the seller between a rock and a hard place. If the price increase is too much, he will lose customers. If he just increases what prices he can, then there will have to be cuts made somewhere to make up the difference. In a lot of cases, that means someone loses their job. But the end result in the increase is mostly passed on to the customer, who is also paying the tax increase plus the price increase. The taxpayer loses all the way around.

The original intent of taxes was to spread the cost of government and public services fairly. But that has gotten out of control. In too many instances, a budget has gotten out of control because of overspending or an extravagant project that cost way more than what was necessary.

Too many bureaucrats think getting more money is no problem—we will just raise taxes.

Delmer Eldred



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