Cities, states, and municipalities have a huge budget problem. That problem is caused by too much spending. The sensible thing to do would be to reduce expenditures.
Instead Cities Turn to Fees to Fill Budget Gaps.
If the cities are charging fees for services, why are we paying any taxes at all?
Let us repeal all taxes across the board and offer a shopping list. The list has everything the government might want to do a place to check a box and the cost to the individual tax payer for that program. Items would include schools, hospitals, roads, space exploration, new jobs development, bombs, pay raises for Congress, money for Israel, bailouts for Wall Street, etc.
A taxpayer would simply check off those things he agrees we should all have and is taxed accordingly. I would agree to pay for schools, hospitals, good roads and job development.
The taxpayers would pay for those things we think we need, and NOT pay for nonsense and frills that have no place in our society.
Is that not Democracy in action?