We need taxes for better quality of life, services, roads, more

By Denise DuBois 

Attending a Town Hall meeting recently with a few of our area’s state legislators, it was apparent by the questions that were asked that taxes are not a popular subject. Whether income taxes, sales taxes, grocery taxes, or property taxes, they’re just not favored, and when legislators get together to answer questions from their constituents, most have to do with these taxes. 

It’s apparent that tax increases aren’t popular, no matter what the increase is for. It’s obvious constituents don’t want to pay grocery taxes, either. That’s fine. Opinions are valid and everyone has a right to voice where his or her money goes. That’s why we elect legislators who share our same fiscal ideas.

But what happens if the state got rid of, say, grocery taxes? That was a question that was asked recently in a Town Hall meeting. The answer: there go $300 million from the Alabama education budget. Whoa! That’s a lot of money. If grocery taxes should no longer exist, where would the state make up that money? 

Taxes are used for paving roads and maintaining them. They provide for elderly medical care and social services. Locally, taxes are also used for the “quality of life” services that cities are able to provide for their communities such as parks, recreation fields, pools, events and much more. 

Population and businesses are factors that affect local taxes and how much a city brings in. If you live in a large city with plenty of businesses and a big population, residents can expect more services in terms of events, parks, children’s programs. If you live in a smaller community with fewer or no businesses, the city services will be drastically different than the former. 

While Alabama residents would love to see fewer taxes and have more money in their pockets, taxes serve a purpose from which the entire population benefits. 

By Denise DuBois, Executive Editor