The Pandemic, The Property Tax, and Municipal RecoveryRevista Land LinesJunio 2020By Liz Farmer, June 16, 2020
Local governments are still learning what the COVID-19 crisis will mean for their revenues over the next year. In large part, the answer will depend on what part of the economy they rely on for their...
Fifty-State Study Shows Property Tax Inequities from Assessment Limits Continue to GrowRevista Land LinesJunio 2020By Will Jason, June 10, 2020
In states with property tax assessment limits, disparities in tax bills between new and longtime homeowners continued to grow, according to the annual 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study by the...
Detroit Tries New Approaches to Tax Assessment and CollectionRevista Land LinesAbril 2020By Liz Farmer, April 2, 2020
Like many U.S. cities, Detroit suffered a housing collapse during the Great Recession. The crisis delivered a serious blow to the city’s already struggling revenue stream. Unlike other cities,...
Cities Seek Higher Payments in Lieu of Taxes from NonprofitsRevista Land LinesMarzo 2020By Liz Farmer, March 4, 2020
At a recent rally in front of Baltimore City Hall, activists sang, chanted, and otherwise voiced their view that the city’s major nonprofit institutions weren’t “paying their fair share” of property...
Vermont Attempts a Kinder, Gentler TIF—But Will it Work?Revista Land LinesAgosto 2019By Will Jason, August 20, 2019
Vermont has enacted some of the nation’s tightest restrictions on tax increment financing, a common economic development tool with a less-than-stellar track record. Can these guardrails make TIF work?
Fifty-State Study Details Growing Tax Breaks for Longtime HomeownersRevista Land LinesJunio 2019By Will Jason, June 25, 2019
In states with property tax assessment limits, tax breaks for longtime homeowners are growing at the expense of new homeowners, a new study shows.
Let's Talk TIFRevista Land LinesMayo 2019By Anthony Flint, May 28, 2019
Tax increment financing is one of the most widely used—and least understood—public finance mechanisms in the U.S. today. David Merriman, one of the foremost experts on TIF, talks about what communities and states can do to avoid the pitfalls.
As Real Estate Booms, Can Texas Offer Property Tax Relief?Revista Land LinesMarzo 2019By Will Jason, March 19, 2019
As property tax bills rise, Texas is looking to provide relief without hurting public services.
Revista Land LinesJulio 2016
This policy brief covers key issues surrounding the use of nonprofit payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs): payments made voluntarily by tax-exempt nonprofits as a substitute for property taxes. It...
Revista Land LinesFebrero 2016
Some of the most significant policy discussions concerning the property tax do not deal with the tax itself, but rather with the use of its revenue to support local public schools. This excerpt from...