Pan tax idea no fairer than a window tax
There has been a lot of talk over the last week of the proposed pan charges dubbed ‘‘pan tax’’.
The mayor defends this proposal by saying, ‘‘Well why should the hospital and the pub pay the same for wastewater as someone living in town in a unit?’’
This may look like a reasonable point but I have to ask the mayor: Who uses the pub? Who uses the hospital? These ‘‘non-residential’’ buildings are predominantly used by people who live in the district.
The costs will be passed on to the local people who use it. So what else can we do? Charge a fee to the tourists who come in busloads, spend money in the town and generate income for local businesses? . . . 10 cents per stool nugget perhaps? Should we employ someone to count and make sure we aren’t being robbed? Ummm, not such a good idea.
OK, what about charging the motels?
They can pass the costs on to the customers! Ummm, aren’t we supposed to be encouraging people to visit and spend money here?
Maintaining the wastewater system is the responsibility of all of us and the cost needs to be shared by all of us.
No one wants to pay more taxes or fees but to unfairly load a minority with the bill, which could have the net effect of businesses closing, isn’t the solution.
A pan tax is as fair as a window tax or a stair tax.
We really should move on from that, as, historically, people have avoided paying them as they are ridiculous.