.......Repay's standard approach to efficiency is utterly violative of the entire political philosophy of democratic taxation: A means of distributing costs of government across a large collective group so that the price of any government service to each individual isn't cost-prohibitive but substantially lessened.
Now we are going to have new county fees that include $125 to have police summon a tow truck for a disabled or illegal car, $5 to have police inspect cars for proper ownership, $60 to have police inspect a junked car for ownership, and $200 to have the sheriff oversee the sale of a foreclosed home and several fees to process court paperwork. And these prices will go up.
Repay calls this progressive efficiency. What should it be called?
It is a page out of the McDermott play book. Neo... u must not live in Hammond. McDermott moved the cost of trash service out of the general revenue fund & moved the cost over to the water/sanitation department, now billed on a monthly basis monthly.
This was accomplished with out the city council voting on it and now each property owner pays an increased "fee" for their trash service.
That cash bonanza brought McDermott's claim that he reduced the city payroll. Sure did, he moved over 32 people to the sanitation department their salary to be paid for by inflated fees....billed on a monthly basis. Cost a cool $2.5 million when you consider benefits.
How McDermott got around that was by not publishing their budget, as required by law.
McDermott also, I will say illegally, put the cost of code enforcement on the backs of muti unit property owners, establishing one fee for in town property owners and another larger fee to out of town property owners. Now despite the legal opinions telling McDermott that was legal, A federal magistrate found the practice to be illegal.
Now McDermott increase fees of property multi unit property owners to fund the code and building departments. This practice as well will be found illegal.
So Neo, Repay took a page out of the McDermott play book. You going to point a finger, make sure you point at all who are doing it.