Put all grandiose schemes to the taxpayer vote

Anytime government announce a grandiose scheme it seems like the only people in favour of it are the government and the people anticipating the riches that will flow from the government going ahead with their plan. Government seem to be out of touch with the taxpayer despite there being regular elections of MHKs who are supposed to contribute towards good governance.

Put a new section on all tax return forms listing the grandiose schemes and costs that our government propose to embark on in the following year. Taxpayers can then put a tick against all those that they support and the ones that do, can then pay for it when the assessment is completed.

Anyone who didn't put their tick against an item avoids having to pay more tax for it.

To avoid the situation where a few naive taxpayers approve a scheme costing millions while tens of thousands don't, maybe they could write alongside the item, the maximum extra annual tax they would be willing to pay so the Treasury can work out if they are likely to have enough money to meet costs.

Why the contribution is important

If MHKs knew they could not get taxpayers to continually stump up ever more money to pay for their grandiose schemes they might be more likely to vote in support of more modest schemes with greater value for money. We would probably have a prom in Douglas that we can drive on by now, and it would probably have only cost a million pounds if taxpayers were able to veto all the grandiose proposals that our government keeps suggesting for that route along the sea front.

by OldSailor on April 12, 2017 at 04:57PM

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  • Posted by asabove April 12, 2017 at 17:15

    Should be referendums rather than based on tax returns. People who are not currently paying tax (school leavers, students, carers etc) have as much a right to be heard as current taxpayers.
  • Posted by Yukiyama April 12, 2017 at 17:24

    I think more pub lib involvement would be good
  • Posted by MrBill April 12, 2017 at 21:16

    Is that not what we elected our MHK's to do?

    They are paid to represent the people of the Isle of Man and not to ask the public what to do, if that was the case you may as well get shut of all our elected members.
  • Posted by ManxVoter April 13, 2017 at 11:39

    Fair for the public to have a say in approving huge commitments of their funds
  • Posted by OldSailor April 14, 2017 at 17:13

    The irony of seeing someone make the argument that MHK's are paid to represent the people of the Isle of Man and not ask the public what to do... on a website where the Isle of Man Government is asking the public what to do. 😂😂😂😂
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