I would want said dictator to be like me - do all the things I would consider proper if I were dictator. Duh!
I probably wouldn’t want it to actually be me. I like being a normal non-dictator citizen thankyouverymuch.
Being a conservative, I wouldn’t want a dictator at all. But if we had to have one, I’d want said dictator to come to power through the democratic process. But I’m not a fan of subverting the democratic process. I would prefer if the people all agreed on dictatorship before switching over, not “just a large enough following”, not “rule through fear”, not “violence”, not “intimidation”, but actual faith in the dictatorship as a system of government.
Ideally, we wouldn’t have people with significantly different political beliefs. A dictatorship cannot properly espouse political pluralism, so if you are asking how will the dictatorship deal with political pluralism, assuming we cannot convince the dissidents humanely, I would prefer if they are expelled from the country as humanely as possible (rather than being killed). That might mean providing them with a farewell ceremony or travel expenses or helping to find a new country for them.
I have nothing against the “strongman” image, but the oppression is not desirable.
Yeah, taxes are fine. State income should not primarily rely on fines and confiscated property.