Editor’s Note: This is part of a series on the effort to bring a hotel tax to Jackson County. Previous report can be found here.
Taxes – no matter what most politicians say, they love them. Tax money enables the politician to wield influence, enrich themselves, and reward their politically allied business friends. Spending tax dollars on the right projects and people ensures the politician he will be re-elected over and over. The only problem is that voters HATE taxes.
This is a conundrum for the politician. He needs money to spend, but his voters will crucify him for raising taxes. Instead he goes and fund-raises from the federal government. He and his colleagues spend money on lobbyists to ensure smooth deal flow. He and his colleagues hire lawyers and consultants to issue bonds. But only if he could raise taxes and get away with it or, better yet, tap into an entirely new revenue stream.
The perfect tax for a politician would be one his constituents don’t pay and would apply only to those living outside his district. No one would ever complain and hundreds of thousands of dollars each year would be raised to benefit a very select few. And if those select few happened to donate to his campaign?! Ah.. we have found the perfect tax.