Thursday, January 25, 2007

Outlying Growth Spells Doom for "Lower Taxes" Claims

Pick your cliché: double-edged sword, handwriting-on-the-wall, catch-22, chickens-coming-home-to-roost, goes-around-comes-around. You name it, and it will fit: anti-taxation advocates argue that lower suburban taxes spur greater outlying growth compared to urban areas. But those advocates rarely mention the factual flip-side: growth and resulting strain create greater demand for services, which paradoxically necessitates higher revenues. Mythic suburban opportunism contains the seeds of its own undoing.

Volunteer firefighters are a quaint idea. But as time goes by and as growth continues, will increasing numbers of Wilson County residents demand more sophisticated levels of profe$$ionalism from their first responders for the safety of their families?

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