August 24, 2020, 7am PDT
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.
May 31, 2020, 5am PDT
Dallas will need voter approval to overcome tax increase obstacles put in place by the Texas State Legislature.
April 2, 2020, 7am PDT
Cities that rely on sales and income tax revenues to fund vital local services can expect immediate fiscal consequences from the coronavirus pandemic.
December 27, 2019, 7am PST
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 13, 2018, 7am PST
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.
Greater Greater Washington
August 13, 2018, 10am PDT
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.
May 26, 2018, 5am PDT
Is anybody up for happy hour in Alexandria?
December 30, 2017, 7am PST
When home values rise, the state constitution requires cuts to residential tax rates that severely impact less-developed areas.
February 9, 2017, 11am PST
A study from the Urban Land Institute shows developments near transit generate almost twice as many tax dollars per dollar spent.
Greater Greater Washington
January 21, 2015, 8am PST
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.
November 8, 2014, 1pm PST
Charles Marohn assesses some of the economic benefits of traditional commercial development as compared to those of auto-oriented commercial development.
The American Conservative
April 27, 2014, 5am PDT
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.
March 18, 2014, 6am PDT
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.
September 26, 2011, 12pm PDT
Jeffery R. Levine asks if, given the reliance on property taxes, the planning process is truly revenue-blind.
Planning Commissioners Journal
October 7, 2010, 12pm PDT
A new report from the National League of Cities suggests urban areas will face diminished revenues through 2011 and beyond.
National League Of Cities
July 26, 2010, 9am PDT
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.
November 29, 2009, 9am PST
Tax revenues were down during the third quarter of 2009 in 44 states, according to a new report from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.
February 17, 2009, 6am PST
Canceled conventions are causing economic pain in Las Vegas.
October 30, 2008, 5am PDT
Car dealerships -- long-sought by cities as big tax revenue generators -- are struggling in the economic downturn. Nearly 600 have closed this year, and another 100 are expected to shut down by the end of the year.