“It is important, that the assembly which votes the taxes, either general or local,
should be elected exclusively by those who pay something towards the taxes
imposed. Those who pay no taxes, disposing by their votes of other
people’s money, have every motive to be lavish and none to economise.
“As far as money matters are concerned, any power of voting possessed
by them is a violation of the fundamental principle of free government . . .
It amounts to allowing them to put their hands into other people’s
pockets for any purpose which they think fit to call a public one. . . ”
- John Stuart Mill, from his Considerations on Representative Government