If people never complained, government likely would tax them into destitution. When everyone is living in poverty, then what?
The people of Montgomery County may want to remind their county government about the evils of high taxation as officials consider raising the sales tax again.
Some county supervisors want to increase the tax by 0.5 percent for 18 months. If approved by the county and then by the state Legislature, the tax would go from 8 percent to 8.5 percent. Four percent of it is the state's portion.
Montgomery County, which has a growing retail base on busy Route 30, previously increased its sales tax rate in 2003. Other counties also have increased their sales tax rates in recent years. The rates in upstate counties now range from 7 percent to 8.75 percent. Fulton County's is 8 percent and Hamilton County's is 7 percent.
Some local officials shrug off the negative effects of a higher sales tax by simply calling the tax "the fairest." There are valid arguments against the claim sales tax is more fair than income or property tax.
Montgomery County and other localities should stop thinking about raising sales or property taxes. The only fair approach would be to reduce taxes, not raise them.
Montgomery County leaders are trying to extract more money from the public rather than make difficult decisions about cutting costs. They should turn their focus to shrinking government.
People in our area already are paying too much in taxes. And let's not forget about the rising cost of gas, groceries and other necessities.
The public should push back before government ends up taking every hard-working citizen's last cent.