Today is the pinnacle of 2010's state tax holidays, during which some municipalities also participate (or are forced to do so).
But some states and cities are at the opposite end of the fiscal spectrum. They've decided they can't afford to forgo any tax collections.
In fact, their revenue situations are so bleak that they've had to cut services.
We learn from Governments Go to Extremes as the Downturn Wears On that one Hawaiian town furloughed its schoolchildren for 17 Fridays, an Atlanta suburb halted its public bus service and Colorado Springs, Colo., which I blogged about in February when it was first considering service cuts vs. tax hikes, turned off street lights.
The results did indeed save the jurisdictions money, but at other costs.
And it looks like many other locales will face similar tough choices until we're fully out of this recession.
"The cuts that have disrupted lives in Hawaii, Georgia and Colorado may be
extreme, but they reflect the kinds of cuts being made nationwide, disrupting
the lives of millions of people in ways large and small," writes Michael Cooper in the New York Times article.
As I've said before, nobody likes to pay excessive taxes, and that's the key distinction: excessive. Some taxes are necessary to provide the services that make a community the place in which we want to live.
Have you experienced any loss of services because your city, county or state couldn't pay for them? What government-funded programs would you be willing to give up to save tax money or prevent tax hikes?
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- Don't forget your state taxes!
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