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Don't let affordable housing become a victim of --

* Low real estate taxes *

Property taxes are progressive, whereas speeding tickets are levied regressively. Keeping property taxes low and speeding "taxes" high will disproportionately affect low income people relative to the opposite. The smart way to deal with this is to admit that some taxes need to go up, and go from there.

How high would you like to raise ticket fines in order to fund different programs? Eventually, you reach a point that can't be crossed: ticket fines become too high for a politician to support them and be easily re-elected. Apparently, we're at that point -- or possibly well past it.

There's also a lot of distressing questions related to using tickets as a source of revenue. For one, if fewer tickets are written over the next couple years as people improve their driving habits (we hope), do we then increase the fines in order to recoup revenue?

by cineminded on Nov 19, 2012 9:28 pm • linkreport

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