Josh Marshall likes the rabbinical metaphors, I like the abstinence sex ed metaphors, but it’s all the same thing: flying reverse back flip rhetoric designed to hide the fact that your taxes are going up. And it’s just not at the national level. Here in lovely, snowy Rochester NY, our county executive, fresh from a House race shellacking delivered unto her by 82 year-old Louise Slaughter, denies raising taxes, but:
The administration of Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks on Tuesday revealed plans to charge suburban property owners $5.3 million for snow and ice removal in 2013.
The charge will appear on the county tax bill next year as a separate line item and be based on the assessed valuation of property.
Administration officials estimated that property owners would pay $15 per $100,000 of assessed value.
According to Brooks’ spokesperson, it’s not a tax, it’s a “chargeback”. At least when libertarians want to nickel and dime government services, they’re up front about it.
Also, too: Politically, the funny thing about this is that suburban Republicans are Brooks’ constituency, but they’re also the target of her tax-increase-that-must-not-be-named.