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Taxes

Funding our town with fairness, prudence, and frugality

  • No member of our community should bear a disproportionate tax burden

  • Taxes should aim to have an identical effect on all types of residents

  • New taxes should be a measure of last resort for tackling major issues.

  • Create a centralized system for volunteer work and donations in town

  • The Town has a responsibility to keep the tax burden on residents as low as is reasonably possible

An unfair tax is an unacceptable tax
  • No member of our community should bear a disproportionate tax burden. When levying new taxes or examining the existing tax code, it is critical that we make sure no Corte Maderans are being asked to take on unreasonable hardship while others do not.

  • Taxes should aim to have an identical effect on all types of residents. A fair tax is a tax that affects everyone equally, regardless of socioeconomics status, age, race, religion, or any other personal characteristic. We're all in this together, and tax policy should reflect that.

No taxes that aren't 100% necessary
  • New taxes should be a measure of last resort for tackling major issues. All government has a responsibility to keep taxes as low as possible, only funding programs and services the community as a whole needs and supports. The Sales Tax Citizens' Oversight Committee is a model for making sure the people say what their government will provide them, and not the other way around.

  • Create a centralized system for volunteer work and donations in town. Anyone who's lived here knows our community is blessed with the virtues of generosity, charity, and civic spiritedness. Let's create a simple, easy-to-access system for organizing and marshaling volunteer efforts and public donations, so we can work together to achieve goals that might otherwise require additional taxes to accomplish.

Phase out specific-use taxes as soon as possible
  • The Town has a responsibility to keep the tax burden on residents as low as is reasonably possible. Sometimes expenses hit without warning, such as economic downturn, natural disaster, or infrastructure failure. When these occur, it's important that our town be able to raise the necessary funds to deal with them—but those purpose-specific taxes must also be phased out as soon as the challenge they address is resolved.

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