Archive for the ‘Local Income’ Category

Chicago: The King Of Sales Taxes

July 1, 2008

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

If you think you’re paying more sales tax today in Cook County, you are. The sales tax rate jumps 1 percent today, thanks to a Cook County Board vote, giving Chicago the dubious distinction of having the highest municipal sales tax rate in the nation.

You’ll pay the highest rate of sales tax in restaurants inside a special taxing district of Chicago that originated with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority’s renaming and Navy Pier’s renovation in 1989.

I doubt Chicago too far ahead of the District of Columbia on the sales-tax front. I always hated commuting into the nation’s capital unless I took lunch because I knew I was going to pay big taxes for eating out. In fact, I suspect that Chicago isn’t the leader of other big cities by much at all.

The Tax Hikers Of Columbus

February 18, 2008

Aunt Virginia wants to take more money from my wife and me — and city officials in Columbus, Ohio, want to take more from the neighbors of Kimberly’s parents (the story provides a nice history lesson on local taxation):

For the first time in a quarter-century, Columbus is headed for a debate over increasing the city income tax.

Mayor Michael B. Coleman last week appointed a panel to examine the city’s expense and revenue structures and recommend improvements. The big item for discussion will be whether to seek voter approval to increase the income tax, whose rate has been 2 percent since Jan. 1, 1983.

Aren’t you glad you live in the suburbs, Dad Johnson (I know you’re reading — and I’m glad you are)?

‘We Don’t Want Your Stinking Income Tax’

January 22, 2008

I like Mark Kiesling, a columnist for The Times newspapers in northwest Indiana. I’ve never met him or even read his column before today, but he won me over with this rant against the bureaucrats in Lake County, Ind., who want to create a local income tax:

Less than a month after it was defeated, a proposal to resurrect the 1 percent income tax for Lake County is back on the table, so I guess some lawmakers are too dense to have gotten the message.

Here’s a version even they may understand:

Yo, pal, I’m talkin’ to you! What part of “we don’t want your stinking income tax” did you not understand? We don’t care how you divide it. You did nothing to cut costs and until you do, keep your dirty hands out of our wallets.