Coral Gables’ Fees Vs Property Taxes: Which Is Fair? Sanabria Is Wrong
April 9, 2011 3 Comments
Actually, fees are much fairer than property taxes in the State of Florida. Through fees everyone pays the same for the same service (the poorest taxpayers might be excluded if you like), whereas, property taxes are paid more by newcomers than property owners who are long-time residents with homestead protection.
Sanabria’s proposal to cut fees is wrong because, again, it protects long-term property owners versus newcomers–a highly unfair system. Fees are great because the user pays. I say, give use more fees based on the real cost of the services. For example, trash collection is highly subsidized in Coral Gables through (unfair) property taxes. If fire services were charged through fees, then taxpayers would be screaming about the pensions and salaries of firefighters. I wonder, is that why Sanabria is against fees?
(And I will not get into why we need an income tax in Florida along with an equalized property tax system, like many modern state governments.)