Thereby absolutely guaranteeing even a poorer pool of candidates to
Not that I think teachers in general are poorly paid in comparison to
some other professions and that there are often more administrative
staff than necessary, but there are some reasons such situations have
developed. Charlie referred to one part of the story (but only a
Teachers, or politicians?
Average Senate salary: $98,542; Average HR salary: $87,894; Average Mayoral
Salary in the 50 largest cities: $100,000; Average US Teachers salary:
Go ahead .. take a loooong look around you, then expound/pontificate on who
is more important to the future of this country/where fiscal priorities
should be ... I am going to cut some wood.
You're trying to make much more out of what I said than what I said,
But, you come back and reinforce my point--that residential expansion on
its own is generally a net loss revenue-wise for municipalities despite
a general perception to the contrary. It was because there is that
general perception that I made the observation.
(BTW, where it was made clear to me was while taking a series of classes
in planning while sitting on a City/County Planning Commission in TN.
That's been quite some time ago now, but I doubt the general trends are
much different now than then.)
Well can you find figures relating total or porperty tax rate
vs population density, or total tax revenue, or total tax revenue
vs total population for a nice cross section of communities?
or property tax rate vs population density?
Perhaps better, can you find the history of property tax rates
(or total tax rates) for specific communities vs population over
time and compare that to the national average change in property
tax rates or total tax rates, adjusted for inflation.
Seems it would be a tough problem to address due to confounding
factors like major (taxable) corporate entities moving into
or out of those same communities at the same time, unless you
want to consider such changes as manifestations of developement.
What's really significant is changes in local population and revenues
versus requirements for capital improvements and services, discounting
commercial entity-generated revenues. What is almost universally found
is that the non-business revenues simply aren't sufficient owing to
(relatively) low evaluation. (While a $300k house seems quite expensive
in some areas, compared to the evaluation of even a small industrial or
manufacturing facility, it's chump-change.)
There's some difficulty in separating out, but the tax revenues paid by
corporate entities are able to be separated in most jurisdictions pretty
easily. A major more recent exacerbating problem tends to be the
sizable rebates offered by municipalities to lure business which appears
to be leading to a different form of the "arms race".
Unabashedly, my new hero on the national scene ... Lt. Gen. Russell Honore
... if he, along with Vice Adm. Thad Allen, doesn't inspire the confidence,
and the requisite leadership, embodied in the sentiment above, you're in the
wrong damn country.
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