2009-11-25

The Texas State Government is Inefficient

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Before heading out the door to start our Thanksgiving holiday, my plan was to spend a few seconds filing my annual vehicle registration renewal for the state of Texas. As I was about to pay the fee however, I stumbled across something that was too good NOT to pass along.

Keep in mind this is the cost to register ONLINE:


(A 38% tax rate on vehicle registration? Reflectorization? A mail-in fee for online
registration? Rick Perry has some splaining to do.)



You should immediately notice that all of these fees add up to a ridiculously high tax rate of 38%. Now take a second to reread line #3 and #6.

Go ahead I'll wait...

That's right the Texas Government found the time to pass a budget resolution that tacked on $0.30 per vehicle for "Reflectorization." Not only does this seem like a complete waste of tax payer money, but as I finished typing the word reflectorization, my spell-check informed me that it is in fact NOT A REAL WORD!

If you're telling me that it costs $0.30 to add the reflective skin onto a window decal, shouldn't that be included in the cost of the decal? What am I missing here? Also, $1.00 "MAIL IN FEE" for an on-line payment? How is this legal?

And I feel as though I should inform you that the cost to file this IN-PERSON is $52.80, while the cost to MAIL-IN the form is $53.80. In other words, according the state of Texas, it is cheaper in the aggregate to staff a window full of people forced to interact with irritable (at the moment anyways) vehicle owners such as myself than it is for the US Postal Service or the Internet to consolidate each of these transactions.

It's as if the technological achievements of the past 20 years have only served to INcrease INefficiencies in delivering information to end users. Unbelievable!

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Thanks for listening, now back to your regularly scheduled Thanksgiving holiday.

3 comments:

David Smith on 25/11/09 said...

It is my understanding Texas is one of the most efficient governments.

From all the data I've seen Texas spends less state tax dollars per person than average and delivers above average results. Here is an example with recent data:http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/state_spend_gdp_population although you'll have to divide the spend column by the number of people and it includes local spending.

Mike on 25/11/09 said...

David,
Thanks for the comment, but I think you might have missed the spirit in which this post was written.

Keep the comments coming though!

Leah on 27/11/09 said...

You got a laugh out of me. That was awesome.

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