I’m a simple person. I’ve got simple needs. All I’m asking for is the ability to levy taxes. Seriously. A guy could make some money doing that. Like, for example, if you taxed digital billboards in Baltimore at a rate of $15 per square foot, and conventional billboards at $5 per square foot, you’d generate $1 million in a year.
That’s what Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants going to do. And she wants to tax taxis at 25 cents a ride. And she wants to keep the parking tax at 20 percent (as opposed to dropping it to 19 percent).
Why is the mayor introducing legislation to authorize the levying of these new taxes? To cut taxes. Don’t forget: Rawlings-Blake is cutting property taxes by 22 percent while attempting to make up a $30 million budget shortfall.
I don’t know, I think we could do better. I mean there are so many more things we could tax. 18th century Great Britain had a tax on glass; Ancient Rome saw a urine tax at one point; and Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards. Let’s start thinking outside the box!