I don't have a problem with sales tax. Property is property. I never understood why I could own a certain thing, pay tax on it once, and be done -- but if it's a house, pay tax every year.
Should I pay tax on owning any item if a page flips on the calendar?
We pay state sales tax on everything we buy, that should be more than enough to maintain the infrastructure of the state.
If I earn $10,000, and buy stuff with it, the state sales tax is $600.
$600 (on my part) should be sufficient to maintain WAY more than the patch directly in front of my driveway.
The excess is a surplus. When you multiply that surplus across all properties, and consider that most families buy WAY more than $10,000 in taxable goods per year, I don't see how the state cannot run on that sales tax alone.
This is obviously an oversimplification, but when you consider the property taxes are grotesquely inflated beyond any comprehensible measure of my simple statement, I think it's pretty evident that homeowners are being ripped off by many orders of magnitude.