Today, two Tulsa cops are clinging to life for attempting to collect vehicle taxes for the state. What used to be a citation offense, was changed by the legislature, to a vehicle impoundment and potential forfeiture. The registration tax is often over $1000.
100 years ago, our Oklahoma constitution and statutes prohibited courts & cops from taking a worker's tools or his horse as punishment for an offense. Today, our marble chambers of lawmaking, have an insatiable lust for asset forfeiture without due process.
We now raise the stakes for our cops by making them bring economic ruin to a family because we sometimes can't pay the vehicle tax quickly, which the legislature actually doubled just 2 years ago. None of these actions justify a brutal shooting of two cops. I simply wish to inform the lawmakers...
It this the kind of outcome you envisioned when you decided to 'get tough' on collecting taxes with the impoundment of property? The cops were doing the bidding of the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the state legislature. I pray they survive, and I pray our lawmakers reconsider their 'get tough & get physical' approach to tax collections.
Our legislature now extorts millions from us, and puts us in jail if we don't pay up quickly when we buy a modern day 'horse'. Then we get another annual tax on that horse.
It makes me wish we could go back to the days when a horse was truly owned by the citizen without fear of impoundment over tax bills to pay for the recent 35% legislative pay increases.
Our cops are under a lot of stress and are sometimes the only entity separating defenseless and vulnerable people from falling victim to thugs. That job is hard enough and getting harder.
But when lawmakers put rideiculous burdens on us citizens for no other reason than govt convenience, It's impossible for any citizen to fully know the entire statutory code & tax code. And even more difficult to always be timely in paying tributes and royalties at all times. Now the cops are told they must forcibly remove our essential property at any time when they catch our tardiness in tax payments. That's an abuse of our peace officers. It's time the tax commission does their own dirty work and let our cops return to the role of peace officer.