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Tax Land, Not Buildings

The Land Tax is revived in Minneapolis, at least in concept.  Taxing land, rather than the improvements upon it (or at least taxing them at different rates, with the land more heavily taxed than the improvements), discourages speculation in valuable … Continue reading

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Land Value Capture and City Finance

A long post about urban infrastructure finance via “Land Value Capture” from Next American City.  The general idea is that the provision of public goods — roads, sidewalks, transit lines, sewers, utility lines, etc — adds value to the property … Continue reading

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Do Roads Pay for Themselves?

A study from the US Public Research Interest Group (PDF) on transportation funding the US.  The short answer is that only about half of highway funds come from “user fees” like the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.  The rest … Continue reading

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Whose Roads?

A summary of research looking at how road infrastructure is funded (PDF) from VTPI.  Only about half of road funding comes from “use” fees like the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.  The other half comes from general tax revenues.  … Continue reading

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Texas says roads don’t pay for themselves

Recently the Texas Dept. of Transportation posted an article describing a study they’ve done showing that fuel taxes don’t even come close to paying for roads (reported on Streetsblog and Worldchanging independently). I’m not surprised by this, and it’s nice … Continue reading

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