I would like to thank the Assembly and specifically Johan Dybdahl for taking bold steps in improving the city's sales tax code.
Exempting a basic necessity like heating oil in the winter and eliminating exemptions whose time has passed is a wonderful first step. The next steps are to make the exemption for heating oil year round and then expanding it to include food, electricity, garbage, water and sewer. If the city has to increase the overall rate by one or two percent on all other goods and services to make the changes revenue neutral, so be it.
I do not agree with expanding the personal property tax to boats and airplanes. Most of the new revenue created would go to fund the new city positions created to collect and enforce the tax. In a time of city surplus revenue and rate cuts to property tax owners why is the city trying to expand the revenue base by expanding bureaucracy?