Sunday, December 30, 2007

Cities aren't the biggest landlord…

…they're the only landlord.

As London city council ponders a draft budget for 2008 that essentially proposes a 5.5 per cent hike in tax levies, councillors may wish to consider a creative program proposed in Greenburgh, N.Y. that would allow seniors on fixed incomes to labour at $7/hr. for nothing less than the privilege of keeping their own homes from the city. Or, of course, we can continue to pretend that a decade of rapidly escalating property taxes is a privilege itself…

Greenburg's "solution" is no sure thing, however, as "unions would have to be convinced that the program is no threat to their members' job security." Funny that concerns over taxes and union approval should occur in the same place…

Link via Billy Beck

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