"funds are gained from sales and use taxes that are not collected differentially from tourist and residents."
Not a complete picture. Suppose you own property, and as a result pay property taxes. Well that's fair, you use police and fire and school
services. Except, if you're a Florida resident you can file for a homestead exemption, and even though you are using all those services 24x7x365, you pay lots less than someone who just comes down for a few months, and doesn't consume the same services.
See now? The snowbirds can't vote, so they can't have a say in the matter. The residents do indeed give themselves a discount on property taxes.
And then of course, like most toursit destinations, there are whopping huge taxes added to car rentals, hotel
bills, and all sorts of other things.
Sales tax is only one part of the larger picture.
And Florida is also well known for their choice of no state income
tax, at the expense of low state services. Poor public transit systems. And last year, they were amazed to find that after putting up guardrails between the turnpike and the drainage canals that parallel most of it, the drowning rate from highway accidents went down. Imagine that...you take tax money
, use it for a safety
program, and fewer people die.
Hey, low taxes and low public services is a perfectly valid choice. As as dimpled chads, which BOTH parties in Florida were perfectly aware of and
in complete acceptance of, until a certain election. Them damned Yankees, flocking down and trying to create a middle class, they just ruin eveyrthing for the po folk (by driving prices up for real estate and housing and raising taxes when they demand services) and the rich folk alike, because the super-rich certainly don't want to pay more money for the po folk, or waste it on taxes for, haha, the hoi poloi seeking things like public transporation. The po folk can walk, the rich folk have chauffers, those damn troublemakers in the middle class...they just ruin it for everyone.
I think "no taxes, no services" is a perfectly valid choice. And if the middle class would only stop complaining and sending politicians and cops off to criminal court...It's that damned middle class again, making trouble for everyone.