Ashland needs a Sales Tax
Aidan, 28.02.2013 04:04
Local Artisans such as myself are struggling and the current Food and Beverage Tax in Ashland is not enough - It is time for a City Sales Tax.
I have been blessed with wood carving skills but choose not to live a capitalist lifestyle. As I've indicated in previous posts, I do not believe in paying for rent or food since those are things that a modern society should provide for all citizens regardless of their choices or station in life.
The people of Ashland have been very generous to artisans living an Alt-Lifestyle but much more is needed and austerity is certainly not the answer.
Many problems could be solved by imposing a citywide sales tax on all goods and services. Those who purchase material things can afford to pay a 3-4% tax to support art, homeless and supplement the income of those without. I have had to abandon my cherished pets and am unable to carve wood or work due to my ongoing battle with alcohol addiction - but like many of my fellow artisans I'm willing share my generous spirit, educate and enlighten.
My current sponsor has asked me to vacate due to a verbal disagreement which started when I mentioned this. Obviously, many (Like Terry) would not be willing to pay more for the things they buy but the revenue generated by an Ashland Sales Tax will pay off by providing higher quality social services such as healthcare and educational workshops.