email tax fund postal service CHA-CHING: A Berkeley official wants you to pay up for that email you just received.

By Dustin Hurst

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – A city councilman in Berkeley, Calif., wants to take the government from an ominous Big Brother peering over your should to a plunderer with his hand deeper in your pocket. 

Berkeley city councilman Gordon Wozniak raised some eyebrows this week when he proposed a “tiny tax” on email to fund the United States Postal Service

Here’s the rundown, via Berkeleyside:

Wozniak told the council: “There should be something like a bit tax. I mean a bit tax could be a cent per gigabit and they would still make, probably, billions of dollars a year… And there should be, also, a very tiny tax on email,” perhaps one-hundredth of a cent. He said this would discourage spam and not have much impact on the typical Internet user. Wozniak went on to suggest a sales tax on internet transactions that could help, in part, fund “vital functions that the post office serves.”

Of course, Wozniak has absolutely no power to enact such a measure, which would likely hamper business communications.

The USPS lost more than $15 billion last year and is struggling to find ways to regain profitability. Earlier this year, the floundering agency announced that in August it will end regular Saturday mail delivery.

The agency threw a curveball when just days later it announced the creation of its own line of clothing to be sold in upscale department stores. The line, named “Rain Heat and Snow,” should appear on shelves sometime in 2014.

Wozniak’s absurd proposal begs a question: If the government taxed email,wouldn’t users – i.e. the market – find a way to avoid the cost? Maybe Facebook messages?

Or maybe Wozniak wants to tax those, too.