Giving Meaning To Taxes

Dianne Stewart (Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector) reminds us that “taxes are our contribution to something important that is bigger than we are.” Paying taxes is our way of ensuring that the quality of life we enjoy endures, in this way we are stewards of the common good and “co-managers” of the public systems we use every day. Too often the act of paying taxes is disconnected from any civic meaning. “Tax revenues are civic capital… a lynchpin that secures quality of life for future generations.”

This piece was part of Demos' Taxes Matter Week 2011.