Is it consistent for a fiscal conservative to support raising taxes to buy open space? On the surface, the answer may appear to be no, but on closer analysis, and particularly in this case, the answer is clearly yes for me.
As a fiscal conservative, I prefer taxes be as low as possible, for many reasons beyond the scope of this commentary. However, I do believe that there is a legitimate need for government and taxation to do or pay for things and services that are needed, but would not otherwise be possible, including our armed forces, police and fire departments, the building of roads and highways and the situation at hand.
Additionally, the taxation for the Open Space Initiative provides protections against the concerns I normally have about tax increases.
As discussed in more detail below, these protections include:
•A finite period for the tax.
•A small per-parcel amount.