This requested change is based on a couple of premises:
- Of the currently available taxes, Production tax is the fairest way to fund Populous infrastructure upkeep
- Current development team focus is rightly on Ship Building, thus an extensive tax overhaul is not viable at the current time
I would like to request the max production tax rate be increased from 30 to 100 on exchange planets, with corresponding proportional increases on the other faction planets.
Current tax limits are proving inadequate to fully fund Populous infrastructure. Maxing out LM rates to fund Populous would be crippling to small transactions, which are critical to healthy planets. Additionally, the production tax is based on the activity of the workforce at the base is best matched to the workforce needs for Populous.
I ultimately think taxation needs a major overhaul with several new categories of taxes introduced. But that would require a lot of work. I am hopeful that this proposed change would be a simple database table change to the table with the limits.
This post was created after an extensive discussion in Gibson planet chat regarding the impact of the current tax structure on that planet’s suitability for new players.