Tax in­crease will fund needed ser­vices

Santa Fe New Mexican - - OPINIONS -

Santa Fe County ser­vices, as a rule, de­pend on two fund­ing sources: prop­erty taxes and gross re­ceipts taxes. In the long run, pro­vid­ing be­hav­ioral health ser­vices will save the county money, in lower jail costs and other ways of deal­ing with the men­tally ill and the ad­dicted that are less hu­mane and less ef­fec­tive.

In our present federal cli­mate, the county can­not af­ford not to fund th­ese ser­vices. That ex­tra tax is needed. Keep­ing gross re­ceipts taxes away from food makes the tax less re­gres­sive. I fa­vor a non-re­gres­sive in­come tax that would not harm our older cit­i­zens who can­not af­ford higher prop­erty taxes, but in the ab­sence of sup­port for that, we must tax some­how. Re­mem­ber the spe­cial elec­tion on Tues­day. Anne Al­brink Santa Fe

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