As a homeowner with a nearly-due bill, I'm not a big fan of property taxes. One good thing about them, though, is that they're flat instead of progressive. That means that everyone gets hit with them evenly, and people realize exactly how much their government-of-choice is costing them.

With progressive systems you have non-payers voting to tax other people, but with a flat system you spread the burden evenly -- but proportionally -- across all voters. If voters think the burden is too high they should vote to cut spending, not just shift the cost to other people. (On another note, wouldn't it be nice if people could only vote to raise taxes on themselves rather than on others? Taxation with representation was one of the key selling points of this little Republic we've got going here, back in the day.)

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