City puts broader phone tax on ballot
Original post made on Jul 28, 2010
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on Jul 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm
This is another good example of why we need a simpler, 'flatter' tax code... little taxes here and there to raise money for 'general government'.
on Jul 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm
Wise up Mountain View, VOTE NO on any tax. It's for your benefit, it's for theirs.
on Jul 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm
I'm not filled with confidence that the city of Mountain View has any clue about how to determine what portion of your traffic consists of voice communications, versus streaming media or home-server activity. How would the tax conceivably, as Woodhouse claims, "exclude Internet access, e-mail services and digital downloads"?
What about VOIP over a DSL line? A DSL line requires a landline, and anyone who has a landline already pays tax on it, regardless of whether or not they use voice services over the internet connection.
Without clarification of these points, the obvious vote is "no".