Shortly before you made the motion at the July 28th meeting to allow a property tax increase of over 6.9% next year, a lot of lip service was paid to the plight of taxpayers in the private sector. Mayor Green and Councilman Burnett observed that private sector wages have not recovered much since the recent recession and that, in general, the recovery is a weak one. They said they were hesitant to support a tax increase under these circumstances, but, as expected, everyone on council still voted with you on the increase.
I’m so used to watching what you do and ignoring what you say that I almost forgot about your comment of a few moments earlier and had to go back and make sure I heard you correctly (see video below). You said that many city employees are also homeowners, and would thus be also affected by the tax increase before the Council, and that these employees’ wages were not going up either. I don’t know what figures you’re looking at but the ones I have show that over approximately the past ten years compensation for city employees has risen, on average, close to 30 percent–something which is a dream for most people in the private sector.
What is even more disturbing is that you seem to somehow equate the taxes paid by government workers with those paid by private sector workers even though the two are fundamentally different. Government workers can no more live off their own taxes than I can feed myself by eating my own body parts. The private sector is always required to support government and continuing to raise taxes without end will ultimately hurt us all.
I realize that not everyone agrees with me on this point and for those interested in a challenging second opinion I would suggest starting with the works of Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx.