Debbie Downer and her impact on policy-making
Recently, I received an email from a friend sharing their angst as to our county government having “No leadership, no great vision for the future, little competency, and a stubborn unwillingness to change.”
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Nice try Gary. There’s creative thinking and then there’s flawed thinking. Take your rental car proposal. If you want to achieve a $5/day tax through the creation of a new property tax class, you’d need to raise the tax rate astronomically. For example, if you have a 100-car operation that, for arguments sake, rents out every car for 365 days, it would bring in $182,500 in new annual tax revenue. Now that same operation likely has a property that’s assessed somewhere around $1.5 million. At the current commercial tax rate of $8.10 per thousand, the annual taxes would be $12,150. To get an additional $182,500 the rate would need to be increased by $121.67 bringing the new property tax rate to $129.77. I’m not sure what world you’re living in, but a 1,502% increase in property taxes seems a little excessive and certainly out on line with the tax rates for other categories. Moreover, property taxes do not vary with usage, so if there’s a turndown in tourism the companies would still be required to pay their property taxes even if no cars were rented. Thank goodness you’re no longer on Council to float these harebrained proposals without thinking them through.
BRAVO…! ! !
“The alternative to cutting the budget is to find more revenue which translates to increasing taxes.” Gary, this is the prime example of why we get no where as described. Our government policy is to solve problems and if they don’t have the money they raise our taxes. Our policies must change. if we we want to get this done, “creativity” will be the only way we can move forward. For us who become faced with solving our financial problems in the private sector, our only source in most cases is that we must find ” creative” ways of solving our problems since a money tree doesn’t exist. Government on the other hand just raises our tax thinking it’s going to solve Everything. We desperately need to change how government works. I feel strongly that our way we get people elected should also change. I would rather much see a resume of experience and being compatible with each council member would be a far better way to get the right people in office. Existing, I see the elections as a popularity contest with those with the biggest families and friends are the ones who get elected and as a result withthe lack of experience everyone suffers for it.
What a shame that it’s come to the point where people like Gary, and his faithful (disillusioned) followers see government as the only solution to all the apparent problems. If one examines many of these issues from a historical & economic perspective it becomes obvious that it is government intervention/interference that is the cause is the first place. More government and busy-body meddling will NEVER solve anything…otherwise these problems would have been put to rest long ago.
The best that government and people like Hooser can do is just get the h_ll out of the way…markets will work, contrary to the prevailing lefty-progressive mentality.
“affordable rent”. I guess I’m a “Debbie Downer”. The only kind of property I can imagine being rented at an “affordable rate” is one that is way too small to hold more than one person, or is in such sad shape that it might not hold up for 10 years. But that’s my experience. I’d be happy to have someone show me I’m wrong. I never did understand how my neighbor in Denver made money renting “affordable housing”. It was as if there was some missing piece which might have been a sale of tax credits to other, more profitable businesses.
California, which started it (according to the Wikipedia link) did away with TIF. The way I understand it, all tax increases from all properties on the island would be directed to financing whatever the TIF redevelopment project is. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough taxes on the island now to pay for the basic services we currently need, so I don’t see how this works either.
puravidakauai seems to have a point on rental cars, but then perhaps the assessment of the car rental property is way too low. Do the rental companies lease the land at the airport or do they own it? (I sure hope it is leased) Perhaps the price of the lease should be increased.
Steve Martin wants government to “think different”. I can’t help but think it costs what it costs and so yes the only way to pay for it is to increase revenue somehow.
Our problem is the inequal distribution of wealth in our nation because we rely on the Capitalist system. A system that forces me to raise the rent on the houses I own just to “keep up”.
I don’t see a solution.
I am surprised the Garden Isle would run weekly articles by someone so obiviously seeking public office.
Too bad Gary never managed to think outside the box or build effective coalitions when he was on the Council or in the Legislature. Now he’s just a backseat driver throwing out more unworkable solutions to problems he could never solve while in office.
Yes John Z…. You don’t see the solution because just like Gary and the rest of the liberal socialist pro government who would never step out of the box the only thing any of you can come up with for solutions is to raise taxes to pay for it. Yes I think government as we see it has to change. The word is “creativity”. It’s What the private sector does when they don’ t have the money to solve a problem? Our government local or state just raises taxes which has shown not to be effective as a solution.