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Full Disclosure

Unanticipated Improvements in Property Tax Uniformity

Gary C. Cornia and Lawrence C. Walters

June 2005, English

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 growth. The second studies the determinants of assessment uniformity. This article focuses on the role of full disclosure in changing administrative incentives and improving the uniformity of the property tax. A panel of 29 Utah counties over a 32 year period is used in a TSCS analysis. Findings suggest there is substantial evidence that full disclosure improved uniformity in Utah, but limited evidence that it restrained property tax growth.


Property Taxation, Tax Reform, Valuation, Value-Based Taxes