Seems to me that for property not used for commercial ventures, tax based on the value of the land and non-residential structures. I think this would provide a way to moderating wild fluctuations in the “housing market” and allow for gradual increases in value that land still tends to have.
I don’t read my property tax forms too closely. But does the value of the land not scale with gentrification? Is most of the appreciation assigned to the structure? I feel like land is just as expensive in gentrified areas.
In Ontario, property taxes include a large school component. However funding for schools is done at the provincial level, mostly on a per-pupil basis.
It works well to eliminate large differences in schools. Not completely, because areas with heavy poverty or large numbers of immigrants who don’t speak English cause some fluctuation, but generally there’s low variance.
Sending our kids to a small rural school wasn’t even a consideration. The education they get is comparable to anywhere else we could’ve moved to.
See? Communism just works.
Well, OK. The population declined by 80,000 last year. That is not subject to debate.
Illinois passed a series of state income tax hikes during the 2010s such that the state income tax at the end of the decade was 65% higher than the beginning of the decade. People are leaving and dying. Population growth is not sufficient to overcome the leavers or diers.
Well in CA that’s prop 13 which comes with it’s own set of issues. Here is me and 2 neighbors property tax from zillow. We all have similar homes with some small differences and what the annual property taxes are:
And a neighbor down the street with a slightly larger and more expensive home but who moved in more recently
People with a high net worth will just leave, and you will collect very little revenue. So why bother?
Tax policy is not only about collecting revenue. It is about the long term encouragement of productivity for/of a community. The more you tax people, the more you encourage them to not do the thing that is taxed.
And the US is one of the few countries that tax your income no matter where you live in the world. They can easily do the same with any kinds of tax. Not to mention moving is not as easy as one might think due to emotional ties, and not everyone in your family may be rich
This seems difficult. Does my house count? Mortgages are deducted? Collectibles like antiques, paintings, classic cars? Only employment income or also investments? Are we looking into everybody’s bank account? (which recently caused an uproar). Do I store everything in NFTs?