Monday, Sep 28, 2009

Heavens above..

BBC News: New laws to end 'rain tax storm'

Somewhat off-topic, but it reminds me of a Parish Council meeting years ago, when it was noted that the council was paying a £15 bill each year for water to a tennis court that had neither a water supply nor a connection to a sewer.
'Don't pay' - I chipped - 'let them try to cut you off..'
..the council didn't pay - and heard no more..

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1. shipbuilder said...

I guess this is inevitable when you privatise water suppliers.....;)

Monday, September 28, 2009 09:13PM Report Comment
 

2. dbc reed said...

Might be an argument for Land Value Tax.People with large areas of uncultivated moorland,which they only shoot grouse on,say they should n't pay any tax,but run-off can accumulate like in Boscastle and wipe out people's livelihoods .There is a large village between
Northampton and Newport Pagnell that was flooded with run-off from fields recently though it has no discernible river running through it. A lot of people with no income who would have to be exempted but they would fall under the Central Park Rule: you keep it as it is and untaxed because its amenity value puts up the value of surrounding property equivalent to the amount of tax forgone.

Monday, September 28, 2009 09:36PM Report Comment
 

3. drewster said...

dbc reed,

With Land Value Tax there will almost always be some exemptions. The article mentions civic amenities such as churches and scout halls. You could add doctors surgeries, hospitals, schools, railway stations, etc. Even the tax status of roads is open to some debate. In my view the tax should fall on all land, with the government then deciding who gets a rebate. That way the cost of the rebate is always visible.

I often wonder whether universities should be exempted too. The land value tax in e.g. central Cambridge would be rather high, although students at Cambridge might feel it is a price worth paying. Conversely students at Anglia Ruskin (the former poly in Cambridge) might feel that their money is better spent going somewhere cheaper like Wolverhampton.

Monday, September 28, 2009 11:01PM Report Comment
 

4. Dbc Reed said...

As roads do not generate an income directly,except toll roads,there would be no point in land taxing them ,would there?Nobody to tax.Railways are another matter.The town where I live is criss-crossed with disused railways which need to be land taxed on a use-it-or-lose-it-basis.Schools and colleges are also another matter.In Cambridge where the centre of town is enhanced with well-built traditional colleges ,it might be tactful to land tax them lightly to preserve the grassy quadrangles (or am I thinking of Oxford?); a too high valuation might even prompt them to sell up and move to the outskirts of town as some football clubs once thought was the way to go.At all events these decisions would best be made locally,by the local authority and its elected representatives and not by central guv which would however need to retain a distributive function channeling lvt receipts from the high land price areas such as the South-east to low land value areas in need of industrial regeneration.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 10:24AM Report Comment
 

5. Urbanbear said...

Please stop this nonsense about LTV.

LTV is just ultimately just another tool of Socialism, as are all taxes used to redistribute money, also governments are typically very inefficient at redistributing anything, they are the ultimate middleman!

LTV is BS, it will never work or ever be truely fair.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 03:23PM Report Comment
 

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