As tax revenue decreases for budget-stressed municipalities, the revenue will come from somewhere
Ever hear of a 'crash tax'? I hadn't until I read this article, which indicates that these fees are already being charged at places within 24 of our 50 states:
That'll be $2,200 Two years ago, Luke Gutilla lost control of his motorcycle along a road in Richland Township in Cambria County, Pa. He suffered a leg injury and was taken by ambulance to get treatment, which his insurance covered.
Several months later, Gutilla received a bill for nearly $2,200 for the services of seven firefighters, an assistant chief, two fire vehicles, three police cruises and three officers. The bill also itemized things like "brooms and mops and things that were just kind of strange," he recounted recently.
It sounds to me as though they'll have to change the oath to "protect and collect".
That's just one example of the many ways in which you'll see state and local governments making up for lost revenue. My point: budget higher overall tax burdens into your 2009 budget!