Prospect of county ‘rain tax’ adds to feeling of tax saturation
by Don McKee
July 21, 2013 11:01 PM | 1732 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Don McKee
Don McKee
You might have thought we had more than enough taxes already, but Cobb County’s strategic plan to be considered this fall by our commissioners raises the specter of a new “rain tax.”

It would be a storm-water utility fee levied on all property owners to pay for storm-water projects, the Marietta Daily Journal’s Nikki Wiley reported last week. Commission chairman Tim Lee said the county can’t keep up with storm water services by tapping into water fees, and this “rain tax” will be explored when the 2014-15 budget process begins next year. The fee would probably be a few dollars a month.

The term “rain tax” adds to the feeling of tax saturation, sort of like the rain saturation we are having. It even rains when the sun is shining. The idea of a “rain tax” seems to be a way of punishing us citizens because it’s raining so much.

See if you can count how many different taxes you and/or other working people and businesses now pay. As a start, here’s a helpful list from that includes a number of fees and charges that function as taxes:

Accounts receivable tax, building permit tax, capital gains tax, CDL license tax, cigarette tax, corporate income tax, court fines (indirect taxes), dog license tax, federal income tax, federal unemployment tax, fishing license tax, food license tax, fuel permit tax, gasoline tax, hunting license tax, inheritance tax (aka death tax), inventory tax, IRS penalties (tax on top of tax), liquor tax, local income tax, luxury taxes, marriage license tax, Medicare tax, property tax, real estate tax, septic permit tax, service charge taxes, Social Security tax, road usage taxes (for truckers), sales taxes (state and local), recreational vehicle tax, road toll taxes, school tax, state income tax, state unemployment tax, telephone federal excise tax, telephone federal universal service fee tax, telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes, telephone minimum usage surcharge tax, telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax, telephone state and local tax, telephone usage charge tax, toll bridge taxes, toll tunnel taxes, traffic fines (indirect taxes), trailer registration tax, utility taxes, vehicle license registration tax, vehicle sales tax, watercraft registration tax, well permit tax and workers compensation tax.

You may think of other taxes not on the list. The point is that every time we do just about anything in this country, we’re taxed. Of course, the first things that come to mind are all the federal, state and local taxes that either come out of your paycheck or your checking account when you buy something — gasoline, clothing, household necessities like toothpaste and laundry detergent or get your hair cut or styled.

Once the “rain tax” is imposed, how long will it be before there’s a “sun tax” — stemming from the problems that might be caused to roadways, trees and other plants in our parks, etc., from too much sun during hot, dry, fair weather. That would leave one thing yet to be taxed: the air we breathe.

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