Markets in everything?

by on December 3, 2010 at 11:38 am in Economics | Permalink

Brookline [Massachusetts] officials are proposing to charge a fee for the right to let dogs run off-leash in designated parks. Residents would have to pay $50 a year to let a dog loose in the parks; nonresidents would have to pay $100. And the fees for park usage by professional dog-walkers would be considerably steeper: $500 for those who live in Brookline, and $750 for those who do not.

The story is here and for the pointer I thank Jeff Miron.

1 dan December 3, 2010 at 7:41 am

what happened to the free banking post?

2 Robert Fisher December 3, 2010 at 7:58 am

I live in Brookline and bring my dog to the park down the street, but if I were to let him off the leash, he would likely run away. Instead, I bought a 100-foot rope to attach to his collar just in case. I wonder whether I'll be subject to the tax; does 100 feet of roaming freedom amount to the same thing as 'let loose'?

3 Yancey Ward December 3, 2010 at 8:19 am

Probably wise to bring a baseball bat to the parks in Brookline if this passes.

4 stevem December 3, 2010 at 8:41 am

And in what way is this a market when a town which has the right to ban something everywhere else offers residents a narrow exemption for a fee?

5 MichaelT December 3, 2010 at 11:53 am

I don't know why there isnt a tax on dogs already, being on or off leash. I can't relieve my self in public with out at a minimumn paying a fine or going to court. The primary argument being one of sanitation. Yet dog owners are not taxed, fined or otherwise burdend for the externality imposed on all of us when they walk thier dog.

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