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Death and Taxes



"In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." –Benjamin Franklin

Poll #1258649 Death and taxes

Do you want to live to be 100? (Assume there are no guarantees what your health will be like, other that what you know now.)

Yes
21(26.6%)
No
32(40.5%)
I'm not sure
26(32.9%)

Do you want to be buried or cremated?

Buried
17(22.4%)
Cremated
35(46.1%)
It really doesn't matter to me
12(15.8%)
It matters to me, but I'm not sure which I'd prefer
12(15.8%)

Have you made a will?

Yes
8(10.1%)
No
70(88.6%)
Other (what?)
1(1.3%)

The economist Arthur Laffer theorized that, up to a certain point, a tax increase will always result in an increase in revenue for the taxing authority. Do you believe that reasonable tax cuts will mean greater revenue for the government?

Yes, definitely
3(4.0%)
Yes, usually
1(1.3%)
Sometimes yes, sometimes no
12(16.0%)
Not usually
12(16.0%)
No, not ever
4(5.3%)
I don't have a clue
43(57.3%)

If your were on a city council that was required to have balanced budgets, and your budget had a deficit, how would you fix this? (Assume that your community is taxed at the same rate that it is now).

By increasing taxes
7(9.5%)
By cutting services
4(5.4%)
Some of both, but more tax increases than spending cuts
27(36.5%)
Some of both, but more spending cuts than tax increases
15(20.3%)
I'm not sure
21(28.4%)

Every politician promises to cut wasteful spending. In your city, do you think there's a lot of wasteful spending to cut?

Yes, I can think of some off the top of my head
24(32.0%)
Yes, even though I can't think of any off the top of my head
23(30.7%)
Probably not, I think my civic leaders have cut as much as they could.
6(8.0%)
No, I'm pretty certain there is no wasteful spending to cut and politicians who say they can are just blowing smoke.
4(5.3%)
I'm not sure.
18(24.0%)
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