The city should consider replacing the current sales tax exemption for seniors with a sales tax exemption for lower-income people of all ages.
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The exemption should be simple to obtain, perhaps supported only by the applicant's sworn statement that his or her income the previous year was under a certain amount. The maximum income level should be above the poverty level so that the exemption would cover not just the destitute, but also all lower income people, including those seniors who currently rely on their sales tax exemption to make ends meet. The amount should vary according to the size of the household and be automatically adjusted each year for inflation.
Alternatively, the sales tax could be eliminated or reduced for everyone on essentials such as groceries, rent, utilities, medical care and prescription drugs.
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