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Nature_and_Environment.41

Urban vs Rural Taxation

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{Nature_and_Environment.41.1}: Stephen Dixon {sdixon} Tue, 01 Mar 2005 20:15:58 CST (26 lines)

I live in New Brunswick Canada. It's a small province with only about
750,000 people. We are a very disperse population (i.e. low population
density). More disperse than the rest of Canada I believe. It's
frustrating to see more and more people escaping to the
"country-side", escaping municipal taxes.

The problem with this "sprawl" (not urban), is that it creates more of
a demand on the rest of society in the increased costs of
infrastructure (road, power lines, snow removal, emergency services
like ambulance, and fire rescue). There is also an increased cost to
the environment, in; road salt, deforestation, waste treatment,
increased driving and therefore feul consumption. There is also a cost
to displacement of farmers as homeowners encroach on their farmlands,
demanding "no-smell" living and causing increased taxes to drive the
farmer away.

I have an idea, that it would be positive to increase taxes to those
that live rurally (farmers would be exempt). Has anyone heard of a
region that has done this? Interestingly, I recall a recent trip to
spain, where I noticed large expanses of people and building free
landscape, with clusters of villages. Ironically, there was less
"region sprawl" than here in "Atlantic Canada"!

I look forward to your thoughtfull response.

Stephen Dixon

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