A kinder, gentler property tax

A kinder, gentler property tax

Linking property tax to local expenditure, not home value, would make councils more accountable - and would give people a greater stake in their local area

Five years ago, I co-wrote a paper on property tax with Patrick King (formerly of Dublin Chamber of Commerce, now with the SCSI) on how to link property tax bills directly to local authority expenditure.

We did this because we had seen how property tax in the US wasn’t a tax that people begrudged in the same way as other taxes. My sister in Florida gets a bill that shows her tax paid and how...

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