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Jan 9, 2004 12:08 pm


Last September, nearly 70 percent of Alabama’s voters rejected a proposed 1.2 billion dollar tax increase. Did this end the matter? Of course not. Supporters of higher taxes have been even more persistent than Freddy and Jason. A group of them has asked a federal judge to require the legislature to throw out the property tax system and replace it with a system which, of course, will raise taxes.

According to the Tuscaloosa News , the key complaint of those behind this latest effort is that the unwashed masses keep getting in the way: “One law that Blacksher [an attorney for the plaintiffs] said prevents Alabama from having an adequate tax system is the constitutional requirement that voters must approve all property tax increases. He said over the past 10 years, voters have turned down about 70 percent of all attempts by local governments to raise property taxes.”

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