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How not to make a tax policy

As Anthony reported last night, a panel of colleges is working on a study of their contributions to the city, which the Nutter administration says it will wait for before making any decisions about adjusting the city's PILOT program. The Daily News today says that the report shouldn't be paid much mind:

While part of their job is to cover the cost of delivering services, taxes should not be confused with fees. Calculating tax liability based on the number of services we do or don't consume is a dangerous policy. After all, if universities and other institutions get to do that, why not everyone? An average citizen could argue that since he has no children in public school, never calls the cops, has never had a fire, and spends every weekend down the Shore, he should pay less than someone else. In part, taxes are what we contribute to be part of society.

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