How to eliminate property taxes
TO THE EDITORS:
Property owners are held hostage by the authorities in charge of assessing taxes. We have to pay whatever their expensive ideas deem necessary or they will take our homes. Have you read the sheriff's sales in the paper lately?
The first step to eliminating property taxes could be passing a law that makes the primary residence of any property owner exempt from any taxes. This would force taxing bodies to act to solve the problem. Any profit from income-producing properties would be taxed under state income tax laws.
They could increase the income tax and sales tax on everybody. This would be fair to everyone, and there would be no problem in collecting any of the taxes. Employers and salespersons would do the collecting and turn it over to the state. This would save all the money paid to tax collectors and their staff. The state would divide it fairly to each county, municipal and school district.
Have we elected at least a few legislators smart enough to accomplish this, or is the problem of eliminating property taxes right up there with the invention of the wheel?
Helen H. Shenk