Taxes at the local level like Crystal, MN are much like a condo association fee. At a condo or home owners association a monthly fee is paid to cover a wide range of repair and maintenance incurred when community owned buildings and infrastructure.
Similar to life in a condo or home owners association, residents of a city pay a tax to cover the costs of services, repair and maintenance of city services and infrastructure. These services include, but are not limited to:
Water/Sewer Utilities. Residents pay for what they use, but also must pay for infrastructure and maintenance to sustain these utilities.
Public Safety, Police and Fire
Street Maintenance and Repair
Parks & Recreation
We receive services for the tax money we pay. It does not go into a dark hole as some may want you to think.