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Successful Property Tax Reform: The Case of Massachusetts
Location(s): Ongoing Online Course
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Karl (Chip) Case is professor emeritus of economics at Wellesley College and senior fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. He is cofounder of the CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indexes and is a member of the Standard & Poor’s Index Advisory Committee. He has served on the board of directors of the Mortgage Guarantee Insurance Corporation, Century Bank, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Chip’s research focuses on real estate, housing, and public finance. He is author or coauthor of five books including Principles of Economics (11th edition 2013), Economics and Tax Policy (1986), and Property Taxation: The Need for Reform (1978), and has published numerous articles in professional journals.
Jane Malme is an attorney who studies, teaches, and advises on property tax issues in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to her retirement in 2013, she served as a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy where she developed courses for Central and Eastern European countries considering value-based taxation of property. Jane directed the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Bureau of Local Assessment between 1978 and 1990, during a time of major property tax and assessment reform in Massachusetts. She is co-editor of An International Survey of Taxes on Land and Buildings (1994), and co-editor of a World Bank Institute volume, The Development of Property Taxation in Economies in Transition (2001).
Andrew Reschovsky is professor emeritus of public affairs and applied economics in the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a visiting fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. As a visiting fellow, he is studying changing property tax levies and the fiscal condition of school districts and local governments in urban areas. Andy has published widely on topics related to state and local public finance, tax policy, and intergovernmental fiscal relations. He was awarded the 2011 Steven D. Gold award by the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management in recognition of his contributions to state and local fiscal policy.
This course examines the deep problems of the Massachusetts property tax in the 1970s and the subsequent reforms that created one of the most functional and fair property tax systems in the United States. Course modules explore the property tax system prior to reform; events leading up to the tax revolt and the assessment reforms; and the future of the current system.