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Pennsylvania Man Protests Property Tax by Paying It in $1 Bills

By: Joseph Bishop-Henchman

Robert Fernandes, of Forks Township, Pennsylvania, thinks his property taxA property tax is primarily levied on immovable property like land and buildings, as well as on tangible personal property that is movable, like vehicles and equipment. Property taxes are the single largest source of state and local revenue in the U.S. and help fund schools, roads, police, and other services. es are too high. He showed up at the tax office with his $7,143.54 school property taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. payment in $1 bills (plus two boxes of donuts for the tax officers for their trouble). Fernandes and his wife home-school their kids, so they object to paying so much for a service they don't use:

"It needs to be seen — this is $7,143.54 of my hard-earned money,” Fernandes goes on to say. “It's pretty tough to me to part with this. I can think of better uses for this money than to give it to some service I don't use."

The tax officer took the money over to a bank to count it, and then accepted the payment. There's a video on YouTube of Fernandes making his payment: