Tax Revenue

Passengers inside wood-paneled TECO streetcar in Tampa, Florida

Florida Supreme Court Voids County Tax That Included Transit Funding

A proposal from Gov. DeSantis would require Hillsborough County to return revenue collected from the tax to residents who paid it and bar the county from using any remaining funds on transit projects.

February 9, 2023 - Tampa Bay Times

Texas Capitol Building

Property Appraisal Caps Unlikely to Pass in Texas

Critics of a proposal to limit property value increases to reduce homeowners’ property tax burden say the measure would destabilize the housing market and cause cities to raise other taxes to compensate.

February 8, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Dayton, Ohio

As Remote Work Persists, Ohio Cities Brace for Tax Revenue Losses

Cities like Dayton expect to see a reduction in income tax revenue as more remote workers begin paying taxes to their home jurisdictions.

November 29, 2022 - Dayton Daily News

Boston Aerial

Boston ‘Mansion Tax’ Could Raise Millions for Affordable Housing

A tax on luxury property sales is stalled in the state legislature, causing the city to miss out on millions in potential tax revenue.

October 25, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive


Counties and Cities Facing Sudden Dip in Property Tax Revenue

Property taxes have traditionally been viewed as recession-proof channels for local revenue, but first the Great Recession, and now the pandemic depression, are proving to be exceptions to the rule.

August 24, 2020 - Forbes


Dallas Eyes Big Property Tax Increase to Cover COVID-19 Losses

Dallas will need voter approval to overcome tax increase obstacles put in place by the Texas State Legislature.

May 31, 2020 - The Dallas Morning News

Short North

Fiscal Effects of the Pandemic Depend on Tax Structures

Cities that rely on sales and income tax revenues to fund vital local services can expect immediate fiscal consequences from the coronavirus pandemic.

April 2, 2020 - Brookings

End of the Mall

The End of the Mall? Navigating the Shifting Retail Landscape

More online shopping means fewer consumers are spending money at brick-and-mortar stores, with suburban malls hit especially hard. But municipalities are looking for creative strategies to navigate a post-mall world.

December 27, 2019 - Land Lines

Washington D.C. Stores

D.C. Council Chooses Commercial Property Tax Breaks Over Homeless Funding

Carolyn Gallaher, an associate professor at American University, makes the case for local political leadership to better support Washington, D.C.'s homeless population. The D.C. Council has been focusing its resources elsewhere.

December 13, 2018 - Greater Greater Washington

Forest Park Southeast

Mapping Tax Abatements to Mitigate Controversy

St. Louis politicians are embroiled in controversy over the city's use of tax abatements, which come at the expense of funding for the city's school district. A map is seen as part of the solution.

August 13, 2018 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Walkable Urban Commercial District

Raising the Meal Tax to Pay for Affordable Housing

Is anybody up for happy hour in Alexandria?

May 26, 2018 - The Washington Post

Gilpin County, Colorado

Colorado Tax Mandates Will Continue to Hurt Rural Areas

When home values rise, the state constitution requires cuts to residential tax rates that severely impact less-developed areas.

December 30, 2017 - The Denver Post

Del Mar Station TOD

Apartments Near Transit Generate More Tax Revenue

A study from the Urban Land Institute shows developments near transit generate almost twice as many tax dollars per dollar spent.

February 9, 2017 - Greater Greater Washington

Financing Options Considered for Preserving Florida's Eroding Beaches

A huge new pot of money is now available in Florida, created by the Amendment 1 tax on real estate transactions. Many in the state would like to see some of the revenue dedicated to preserving the state's eroding beaches.

January 21, 2015 - Tampa Bay Times

Main Street

The Many Benefits of Traditional Development

Charles Marohn assesses some of the economic benefits of traditional commercial development as compared to those of auto-oriented commercial development.

November 8, 2014 - The American Conservative

Washington D.C. COnstruction

Watch D.C.'s Surface Parking Lots and Unoccupied Buildings Disappear

The Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District recently released its State of Downtown report. Downtown D.C.'s transformation over the last two decades has created an incredible revenue generator for the city.

April 27, 2014 - The Washington Post

Main Street

Making the Case for Downtowns: Tax Revenue

Joe Minicozzi of Urban3 recently got national media attention from Forbes. The article describes Minicozzi as a kind of evangelist, making a strong, rational case for cities of all sizes to invest in their downtowns instead of big box retail.

March 18, 2014 - Forbes - BrandVoice

Is Planning All About Tax Revenue?

Jeffery R. Levine asks if, given the reliance on property taxes, the planning process is truly revenue-blind.

September 26, 2011 - Planning Commissioners Journal

U.S. Cities Still Feeling Impact of Recession

A new report from the National League of Cities suggests urban areas will face diminished revenues through 2011 and beyond.

October 7, 2010 - National League Of Cities

Homesteading 2010

A small town in Nebraska is reviving the Homestead Act, offering plots of land to people in order to cash in on property taxes down the line. Other places are following suit.

July 26, 2010 - The New York Times

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