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Q: Public finance ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: Public finance
Category: Relationships and Society > Government
Asked by: bobsmuni-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 25 Sep 2005 19:41 PDT
Expires: 25 Oct 2005 19:41 PDT
Question ID: 572583
In the past five years, how many states have passed laws requiring
voters to approve local tax increases before they can take affect? 
How about in the past ten years?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 25 Sep 2005 20:01 PDT

I'm a bit confused by your intent when you wrote "local tax increases".  

Are you asking about state laws that require voter approval for
local-level -- town/city/county -- taxes?

Or did you mean to ask about state laws that require voter approval
for state-level tax increases?

Let me know.


Clarification of Question by bobsmuni-ga on 26 Sep 2005 08:40 PDT
The question refers to voter approval requirements at the local
(city/county) level for tax increases, not voter approval for state
tax increases.  Proposition 13 in California and subsequent
propositions that changed state law are the kinds of changes I am
seeking information about in other states.

Clarification of Question by bobsmuni-ga on 26 Sep 2005 15:22 PDT
Since Prop. 13 the state's voters have approved additional measures
that now require all tax and most fee increases to receive approval at
the local level.  This is the kind of trend with regards to other
states that I am trying to have researched.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Public finance
From: myoarin-ga on 26 Sep 2005 14:09 PDT
The subject can be tricky.  Prop. 13 put a cap of 1% on the assessed
value of real estate in california, but after a couple of years, some
areas got canny and added on fees for fire protection and the other
services that had previously been covered by the tax.  In one little
town, now the fire protection fee is a multiple of the 1% tax.  (I
wonder if it all goes to the fire dept.??)

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