The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Taxing the poor to pay for the rich

Jul 10, 2006

In June, the Detroit City Council agreed to impose another fee on city residents – $300 a year for trash and garbage pick-up, with an additional $100 for every additional trash barrel used at a residence. This same pack of political vultures had already agreed to completely suppress the monthly bulk trash pick-up, requiring residents to take their own large items – such as old mattresses, worn out TVs, etc. – to central dumps in the city.

In reality, this $300 is nothing but a tax shift, since the mayor is proposing to eliminate the 3 mill property tax currently levied on home-owners to pay for trash pick-up.

With homes valued at half their actual price for tax purposes, anyone whose home is worth less than $200,000 currently pays less than $300 a year. What they pay will go up.

The others will see their taxes go down. A person, for example, whose home is valued at one million for tax purposes – and today is paying $3,000 on that property tax – will get a $2,700 tax cut. (And, on yes, there are those very expensive homes hidden away in little enclaves in the city).

In Detroit, where most homes are worth less than $200,000 – many less than $100,000 – the city’s poor and working class residents are being forced to pay for another tax cut being given to the wealthy.

In the recent city elections, these politicians masqueraded as the defenders of the city’s poorest residents. They barely waited until the votes were counted to show their true colors!