Hubbuch on tax cut misses the point

The argument for Anan's 10%

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By Jim Bowman


Objecting to Oak Park Pres. Anan Abu-Taleb's call for a 10% tax rate cut from village taxing bodies in six years, columnist John Hubbuch puckishly points to a restaurant's cutting prices on some favorite items.

He means to reduce Abu-Taleb's proposal to the absurd, but it's not a good example, since restaurants and other businesses often cut prices -- some routinely -- in order to increase business and overall revenue. They "slash" them, in fact, and advertise the slashing to attract customers.

Hubbuch ignores the argument that Oak Park's tax-cutting would attract businesses (and residents) in the cause of commerce (and residential ownership) leading to an increase in tax revenue.

He sees cuts rather as simple convenience for taxpayers leading to reduction in public services. In this he is short-sighted.

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