GreenYes Digest V96 #42

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GreenYes Digest Sun, 8 Dec 96 Volume 96 : Issue 42

Today's Topics:
'CORPORATE RULE' & the power to tax

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Date: Sat, 7 Dec 1996 08:27:47 -0700
From: (Carolyn Chase)
Subject: 'CORPORATE RULE' & the power to tax

I agree that corporations are fundamentally different
>> than public sector operators. The public sector always has the power to
>> tax if they misjudged earlier computations.

>Just a brief note on this last sentence. One of the problems that we
>counties in Wisconsin face is that our taxing power for solid waste
>management was seriously curtailed by some legislation passed a number
>of years ago by a coalition of the waste companies and local
>municipalities. Under the interpretation of many county legal staff,
>most counties cannot use property taxes to fund solid waste systems.

++ In California the passage of Prop 218 is in the process of the changing
the way the "power to tax" is available.... increased refuse-related taxes,
assessments or property-related fees now require a vote of the people of at
least 51%...Some types of fees will require 63%....the court challenges are
lining up....but it is already impacting the way the City Council here is
doing business....and was recently used as a justification for privatizing
curbside in a way where the public sector could not bid against the private


Carolyn Chase,

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