Mar 30, 2011
If you live in or are planning a visit to Omaha, Nebraska in the future, be prepared for your toilet tissue to come with something a little extra. We’re not talking extra softness or extra large sheets, but extra money out of your pocket in the form of taxes.
Currently, there is no tax on toilet tissue; however, Omaha mayor Jim Suttle proposed a 10 cent tax on rolls of toilet paper in Washington last week hoping to raise funds for the city’s $1.7 billion sewer project. Suttle got the idea from an Oregon politician who proposed the tax in 2009, but the motion failed in the House.
How fitting, a tax on toilet paper to pay for a sewage project.
All joking aside, toilet paper could be an excellent item to tax simply because it doesn’t discriminate like a cigarette tax does; everyone uses toilet paper. However, Suttle states that a tax on toilet paper is just an idea, and he is open to others as to how to pay for the sewer project.
What do you think about taxing personal care items such as toilet tissue?