Prepare to pay more for almost everything. That’s the message as governments look for new sources of revenue. Reports ABC News:
In Chicago, surveillance cameras may someday help the city to fine more uninsured drivers. In Ohio, a city court is limiting its new cases because it can’t afford more printer paper. In California, there’s a loud call to tax marijuana sales. And in Georgia, one lawmaker says he’s not giving up on his proposal for a state strip club surcharge.
Across the country, these and other unusual money-saving and money-making efforts have been volleyed by government officials desperate for funding.
“A new wave of creativity is sweeping across budget offices these days,” said Pat Hagan, national audit partner for state and local governments at Deloitte and Touche LLP.
Because the recession has cut so sharply into property tax, sales tax and income tax revenues, Hagan said, state and local officials are looking for nontraditional sources of cash such as strip club taxes.
“There are funny stories, although they’re quite serious topics,” he said.
Among the efforts drawing the most attention are so-called “sin taxes” — taxes on products or services that many associate with vices like alcohol, smoking, pornography, strip club visits and in Nevada’s case, prostitution.
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