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Is it 1 cent or 1%? Let’s talk about.

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By MARVIN BAYNHAM CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Is it 1 cent or 1%? Let’s talk about.

Let’s talk about a 1 percent sales tax increase. At first glance, it might seem like a small change, but in reality, it has far-reaching implications that deserve our attention. Here’s why we need to take a closer look.

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First off, there’s the psychological impact. Politicians often downplay a “penny” sales tax increase, making it seem insignificant. But don’t be fooled – a 1 cent increase actually means a 1% rise in the overall sales tax rate. For example, if the current tax rate is 5%, a 1% increase translates to a 20% hike in the tax rate. That’s not pocket change!

Then there’s the financial impact on individuals and families, especially those on fixed income. A 1% increase in sales tax can hit them hard, affecting their ability to make certain purchases. This regressive tax disproportionately affects those who spend a higher portion of their income on taxable goods and services. In today’s economy, every penny counts.

And it’s not just about individuals – the broader economy gets affected too. Higher sales taxes can lead to reduced consumer spending, which in turn can hurt businesses. It’s a domino effect that can really put a strain on local economies, especially in areas where retail is a major player.

Let’s not forget about where the extra revenue goes. While the tax increase might bring in a substantial amount of money, there’s no guarantee that it will be used effectively. Governments often promise better public services or infrastructure improvements, but without proper oversight, the funds could end up being mismanaged or used for less important projects.

And here’s the kicker – a 1 percent sales tax increase could set a precedent for even more tax hikes in the future. If we let this one slide, it paves the way for more increases down the line, leading to a much heavier tax burden over time.

In conclusion, while a 1 percent sales tax increase might seem small, it’s actually a big deal. From the psychological impact to the disproportionate burden on lower-income households, the potential economic effects, and the allocation of the extra revenue, there’s a lot to consider. It’s crucial for policymakers and citizens to really think about the true cost and implications of such tax proposals. Let’s not underestimate the impact of that seemingly small 1 percent.

Marvin Baynham is a Christian husband, father, firefighter, and conservative. Public service comes easy for Marvin because he does it for a living as a firefighter. Marvin understands the power of servant leadership and how to bring the community together.

Marvin’s website: https://www.baynham4hernando.com/

Paid by Marvin Baynham, Republican, for Hernando County Commissioner District 3.

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