Americana: Run-of-the-Mill Revolt

Retired Burger King Executive Harry Wilson formed the Dade Tax Revolt Committee in Miami last fall and set out to halve the county property tax rate, to $4 per $1,000 of assessed value. He gathered 15,000 signatures to put the proposition on the ballot next month. But the best laid schemes of tax revolutionaries gang aft agley. Because of a whopper of an error, Wilson's petition stated the proposed new rate as 4 mills per $1,000, meaning, for example, that the tax on a $100,000 house would be only 40¢, rather than the $400...

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