Here are another 96 everyday reasons to feel good about taxes….

 

The following examples of tax-supported public services were noted in a column by Heather Mallick, Toronto Star, April 16, 2011.

“Taxes pay for good things that we don’t think about until they vanish.”

  1.  traffic lights
  2. military graveyards
  3. restaurant kitchen inspection
  4. best-before dates on cheese
  5. transport-truck safety
  6. passports
  7. immunization
  8. filtration standards for urban cremation chimneys
  9. crosswalk-painting
  10. drainage
  11. bank deposit insurance
  12. child-support enforcement
  13. prison guards
  14. chiropractor regulation
  15. bridges
  16. tunnels
  17. flag design
  18. auditors-general
  19. airwaves usage
  20. census-taking
  21. postal codes
  22. organ donation
  23. courts
  24. clean water
  25. weather history
  26. alcoholism treatment
  27. classrooms
  28. assisted reproduction
  29. at-risk species registration
  30. forest-insect slaughter
  31. fish conservation
  32. Olympic training
  33. vehicle registration
  34. name change
  35. international child abduction search and rescue
  36. building codes
  37. nature trails
  38. mental health treatment
  39. Ontario cemetery finding
  40. Toronto bike lockers
  41. maps
  42. vehicle sensors
  43. P.A.T.H.
  44. apartment standards
  45. First Nations statistics
  46. land claims
  47. bankruptcy
  48. Polar Continental Shelf tracking
  49. veterans
  50. fence disputes
  51. fraud and waste hotline
  52. leaf pickup
  53. snow removal
  54. urban forestry
  55. hydro
  56. pesticide regulation
  57. Great Lakes pilotage
  58. litter collection
  59. committees of adjustment
  60. army and navy
  61. autism assessment
  62. behavioural therapy
  63. border guards
  64. serial-killer tracking
  65. copyright
  66. Supreme Court appointments
  67. governors-general
  68. access to information
  69. adoption records
  70. critical infrastructure protection
  71. air-bag safety
  72. student loans
  73. agricultural income stabilization
  74. immigration
  75. embassies and consulates
  76. parole
  77. postage stamps
  78. streamlined customs clearance
  79. national do-not-call list
  80. forest-fire mapping
  81. petroleum and natural gas lands administration
  82. canola dealer licensing
  83. hunting and snaring licences
  84. fisheries
  85. elections
  86. pensions
  87. money-minting
  88. aviation museums
  89. polar ice-watching
  90. police college
  91. social assistance
  92. unemployment insurance
  93. autopsies
  94. notary publics
  95. ferries
  96. bingo permits

Mallick wrote: “And that was just a taste, a smattering, of what Canadians do and have done for them, the stuff that makes you want to kiss the sweet Pearson tarmac when you get home from the bloody dust of Afghanistan and never leave this good-natured civilized paved place until whatever-awaits-us extends its bony hand and says ‘Follow me.’ “