Friday, June 29, 2007

Back that Tractor Up

Previously, when it was discovered that urban dwellers receive less services for tax dollars than rural regions, I said:

I don't mind this because I don't think it's necessarily true that if someone pays X amount in taxes, they necessarily deserve X returned in services. If I never need an emergency room, should I stop paying for it? Of course not.

Tax collected must be spent efficiently and effectively wherever it's needed - in the long run, programs such as public health care, public education, and social services benefit everyone.

There are, however, certain segments of the population who incorrectly believe that Toronto and big cities receive too much in tax benefits and are an unfair tax burden - this dispels this myth.

It still holds true for me that services delivered elsewhere benefit everyone. In addition, the statistics clearly busted the myth that rural Canada ships its hard-earned tax dollars to the big cities.

Now, to set the stage, another urban / rural myth is busted [CBC, Crime rates higher in small cities: Statistics Canada]:

The overall crime rate in small urban areas — home to at least 1,000 people — was 43 per cent higher than in large urban areas with a core of at least 100,000, indicates the Statistics Canada study of 2005 crime rates that was released Thursday. Only in Quebec were crime rates higher in bigger cities.

[H/T, More Notes From Underground]

Now if you'll allow me to use the reference "certain segments of the population" once again; there are certain segments of the population who incorrectly believe that Toronto and big cities are unsafe and home to too much crime. This immediately dispels this myth.

What's more interesting, however, a lesser person, might for instance say, that small urban and rural areas are in a death spiral and that they need to "give their heads a shake" - clean up their act before they start coming back to us for more of our hard-earned tax dollars.

That would certainly be the case if the flow of taxes and the crime rate statistics were reversed.

Bottom line, crime is everybody's problem and support and help should go where it's needed.

Updated: Fixed the credit to the CBC story.

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