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  1. The State of Local Government Pensions

    A Preliminary Inquiry
    Documentos de trabajo
    Julio 2012
    Tracy M. Gordon, Heather M. Rose, and Ilana Fischer

    State government pensions have attracted considerable media and scholarly attention. Less well understood are the nation’s 3,196 locally administered plans. This paper represents a first step toward...

  2. When and Why do Cities Bind Themselves?

    The Existence and Extent of Locally-Imposed Tax and Expenditure Limits
    Documentos de trabajo
    Junio 2009
    Leah Brooks and Justin Phillips

    Though the social science literature has thoroughly dissected the extent, causes, and consequences of state-mandated tax and expenditure limits on cities, to date there has been no systematic...

  3. An Unfettered Property Tax in Illinois

    Documentos de trabajo
    Diciembre 2007
    Nathan B. Anderson and Therese McGuire

    We evaluate property tax systems using the economic criteria of equity, efficiency and simplicity. We apply these criteria in an evaluation of both a stylized constrained property tax system in which...

  4. The History and Purpose of Tax Increment Finance Policy in Wisconsin

    Do Wisconsin Tax Increment Finance Districts Stimulate Growth in Real Estate Values? Do They Contribute to Sprawl?
    Documentos de trabajo
    Mayo 2007
    Russell Kashian, Mark Skidmore, and David Merriman

    Like other U.S. states, tax increment financing (TIF) is an important component of the development policy landscape in Wisconsin. While the guidelines for the use of TIF are similar to those that...

  5. What Happens When a Large City Doesn't Have a Property Tax But Attempts to Enact One

    A Case Study of Mesa Arizona
    Documentos de trabajo
    Abril 2007
    Jeffrey I. Chapman

    Mesa, a city with a population of approximately 450,000, is the largest city in the United States without a property tax. It has also grown very rapidly in the last 25 years, although now its growth...

  6. Improving the Valuation of Large Commercial Properties for Real Estate Tax Purposes

    Documentos de trabajo
    Abril 2006
    Richard Almy

    The aims of this project are to examine systematically methods for valuing large office buildings for property tax purposes, identify issues, evaluate their seriousness, and describe potential...

  7. Full Disclosure

    Unanticipated Improvements in Property Tax Uniformity
    Documentos de trabajo
    Junio 2005
    Gary C. Cornia and Lawrence C. Walters

    This paper contributes to two strands in the property tax literature. One thread considers the effects of full disclosure requirements or “truth in taxation” on the rate of property tax...

  8. Land Taxes and Revenue Needs as Communities Grow and Decline

    Evidence from New Zealand
    Documentos de trabajo
    Julio 2004
    Suzi Kerr, Andrew Aitken, and Arthur Grimes

    New Zealand is unusual in that nearly 60% of local services are funded from property taxes. These are a mixture of land taxes, capital value taxes, annual rental value taxes and uniform general...

  9. Evaluating the Feasibility and Burden Shifting Impacts of a State Land Value Tax on Commercial and Industrial Property

    Documentos de trabajo
    Enero 2004
    Mark Haveman

    In the most recent general session of the Minnesota state legislature, a bill was introduced to transition the commercial/industrial portion of the state general property tax into a tax on commercial...

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