Bill Wayne's Political Pages - The Gadfly
Submitted to the Warrensburg Gazette for April 18, 2002
The Gadfly is a series of letters offering commentary on local issues and published in the Warrensburg Gazette.
Did you know that thereís a bill in the legislature to allow school districts to levy income taxes? Thatís right, HB1392, co-sponsored by D.J. Davis (who will soon represent the northern part of Johnson County) has already passed the Missouri House of Representatives.
While there are a few restrictions, this is the gist of the bill:
ďAny school district, by a majority vote of its school board, may impose for the benefit of the school district a surcharge on the income tax of residents of the school district at a rate not to exceed fifteen percent; provided that, no resolution or order enacted pursuant to this section shall be effective unless the school board of the district submits to the voters of the district, at a general or primary election, a proposal to authorize the school board of the school district to impose an income tax surcharge.Ē
The reason this bill is sneaking by in Jefferson City is because the school organizations in some areas are having trouble getting property tax increases passed. Voters are starting to realize that even those who donít own real estate pay property taxes Ė on cars or mobile homes, through higher rent or retail higher prices. So the plotters have come up with a way to make sure that the majority of the tax is paid by a minority of the voters. The consumers of services would get to stick it to those who produce for society. Itís just another income redistribution scheme.
I have two big questions: why didnít our local representatives tell us about this plan, and did our local school boards use our tax money, however indirectly, to advocate some more anti-productive income taxes. Iíll be asking these questions in the upcoming campaign for the 50 cent R-VI levy increase and in the state representative race. Meanwhile, I support the consumption-based ĒFair TaxĒ concept Ė those who spend money are taxed more those who save money and invest money.
You can keep up on the status of this bill at State Legislature website.
For information on the "Fair Tax" concept, see Americans for Fair Tax.
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