Suttle unrolls toilet paper tax

Mayor Jim Suttle went to Washington Tuesday flush with ideas for how federal officials could help cities like Omaha pay for multibillion-dollar sewer projects.

Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy.

Based on the four-pack price for Charmin double rolls Tuesday at a midtown Hy-Vee, such a tax would add more than 10 percent to the per-roll price, pushing it over a buck.

The idea came from a failed 2009 House measure by an Oregon congressman to help cities and the environment.

“I heard about it and said, ‘Well, this is simple. Let’s put it on the table,’” said Suttle. “It doesn’t mean I endorse it.”

The mayor says Omaha needs help with the metro area’s $1.7 billion bill for federally mandated sewer improvements. The work must be done by 2024.

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1 Comment

  1. thebardofmurdock

    March 24, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Mayor Suttle’s VAT

    We tax your land and tax your home,
    All you possess, from crypt to dome.
    We tax three ways the daily wage
    Of young and old and middle age.

    We tax your cigarettes, and more,
    We tax the alcohol you pour.
    Your restaurant has a special rate
    As does your bygone dad’s estate.

    We tax your car and we impose
    A tax on household goods and clothes.
    Your haircuts, pedicures and nails
    Are taxed as services or sales.

    But still the budget comes up short
    And now we’ve hit the last resort.
    A dime a roll – a trifling fee –
    For those who want to use T.P.

    Our Democratic mayor sees
    He’s got the people on their knees.
    And so he adds upon their backs
    This little Value Added Tax!

    thebardofmurdock.blogspot.com

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