Hidden taxes

Most people think April 15th is “tax day.” You should realize you pay hidden taxes every day.

One of the most obvious hidden taxes is inflation. The government prints money out of nothing, meaning each dollar you have is worth less. As this continues your dollars will become worthless.

I have worked for Municipal (city owned) Utilities for over a decade. I am a journeyman lineman, “B” water treatment plant operator, “D” wastewater operator, and have been a small town Utility Superintendent then City Administrator. I currently work at a city owned power plant.

So I know about hidden taxes that most people don’t realize they are paying. Every time you purchase utilities (water, sewer and electric) you are paying hidden taxes. When Washington passed the laws creating these hidden taxes they did not let you vote on raising your taxes. The EPA regulates your water, sewer and electric. Complying with those regulations costs every utility. These costs are passed along to you the customer.

As these regulations become more stringent, utilities are forced to upgrade their existing infrastructure. Sometimes replacing perfectly good systems.

I live in Missouri. Our state has a Department of Natural Resources that oversees water, wastewater and air quality. The EPA, a federal bureaucracy, decides what rules our local DNR must enforce. They are not always consistent from state to state. If the state agency doesn’t comply, EPA simply takes over as the regulator.

One of the current trends that EPA is pushing is for cleaner wastewater. Many small towns use lagoons to take care of their sewage. Most of these work quite sufficient. But not sufficient to meet EPA’s regulations. This means mechanical plants will have to be built. These will cost you to build, and cost you more to maintain than lagoons.

An good example of too stringent regulations involves our streams, creeks and lakes. Your wastewater plant has very stringent discharge limits. If you have a lot of wildlife in the area and some rain, raw sewage (from the wildlife) will end up in the waterway. Your wastewater plant can be blamed for this very natural situation.

The argument for these regulations is to protect the citizens. This is the same excuse given for all the expensive-to-comply-with regulations. We do not need federal regulations to protect you. We need diligent citizens watchdogging their local utilities. There is no reason best practices couldn’t be posted on the Internet. Then through local meetings, you the citizens could decide if the cost of complying is worth the end result.

As an example, drinking water treatment plants are now required to remove more and more things from the water. I know people who have drank untreated well water all their life and have had no problems. Do we really need some bureaucrat telling us how clean drinking water needs to be?They don’t always have proof that the regulations actually makes people healthier.

A well trained, well managed utility can keep you safe without federal intervention.

Things that need done to eliminate these hidden taxes:

  • Eliminate federal bureaucracies that regulate every phase of our life.
  • Let We the People vote anytime Washington decides to raise our taxes by passing regulations.
    • You get to vote when your local government wants to raise taxes.
      • You should get to vote on hidden taxes called regulations.

In other words, decentralize government. Rein in unconstitutional power from the federal government. Return control of our lives to the States.

One Response to “Hidden taxes”

  • Truthseeker says:

    Hey Dave forget hidden tax what about all the double tax that’s in the open. I buy a junk house that has 0 property value. I pay tax when buy it. I pay tax on all stuff buy to fix it up I even pay tax on people who I employ to work with me. Now I have to pay tax on house worth 30 or 40 thousand bucks. I sell house I pay tax. If I leave to kids when I die they pay tax. See the problem it never ends. If I don’t pay tax gov steals house and it starts all over for someone else.

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