Joe Soucheray has a column out today where he claims that a .5% addition Ramsey County’s sale tax to support financially struggling Vikings team owners and Vikings season ticket holder would go practically unnoticed. Joe says that he can afford it.
Within the article, he also mentions property taxes:
Property taxes in Ramsey County are outrageous and getting worse. But you would be hard-pressed to get people to show up and complain with such fervor as they demonstrated the other night about the Vikings stadium.
That 0.5 percent sales tax would mean a nickel every time you spent $10. Not even the most down on their luck would notice it. What we wouldn’t give for a property tax bill that we wouldn’t even notice in our family budgeting.
Which makes me wonder if Joe reads his own paper. If he did, he may have noticed this nugget back in July where the City of St. Paul sent a formal rejection to Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett’s request for support of his Arden Hills Wilfare plan. In that letter, the City of St. Paul pointed out that a .5% sales tax increase would be the equivalent to a 17% increase in property taxes.
So, if property taxes are outrageous and getting worse, how can one possibly justify a sales tax increase that’s equivalent making property taxes 17% more outrageous? It doesn’t take much garage logic to understand that 17% is 17% whether it’s extracted from the public through sales taxes rather than property taxes.
Perhaps Joe’s garage logic has been tainted by purple pride? Regardless, it’s an intellectually dishonest argument to suggest that .5% is not a lot of money. If it wasn’t a lot of money, Zygi Wilf and Vikings fans would simply pay it themselves rather than begging for a dedicated .5% sales tax earmarked for their business and team.