links for 2009-08-18

Published by Waldo Jaquith

Waldo Jaquith (JAKE-with) is an open government technologist who lives near Char­lottes­­ville, VA, USA. more »

3 replies on “links for 2009-08-18”

  1. Regarding property taxes, I liked the way they did it where I lived in NY state. The county passed a budget detailing the total amount of revenue needed for the year. Individual property taxes were owed based upon the proportion of the value of your property relative to the total property values of the county. If your property value assessment went up, likely so did everyone else’s, so your actual tax amount stayed about the same unless the new budget had significantly higher revenues projected. That way, there is never a shortfall or a surplus in tax revenues. It would be nice to have a program like that here as well.

  2. Then, the government borrows a tonne of money from China, and buys all of the houses. End of private property!


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