Category: Property taxes

Putting out a contract on crime: Part 2, the new model birthing

7 November, 2012 (16:58) | Camden, Cities, Government, Innovations, Local issues, Municipal bankruptcy, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Police, Property taxes, US News |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, using a New York Times (September 28, 2012) story filled with discouraging and damning details, brought us suffering Camden, New Jersey, and its collapse of its current old-school unionized police force model:   The police in Camden — population 77,000 — are already […]

Putting out a contract on crime: Part 1, the old model dying

7 November, 2012 (16:56) | Camden, Cities, Government, Innovations, Local issues, Municipal bankruptcy, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Police, Property taxes, US News |

By:David A. Smith   We speak of failed states, and how they become crime capitals, but there are failed cities too, and when a city fails, it loses the capacity to keep alive its essential functions, which leads to mother-of-invention necessity, as shown in this story from the New York Times (September 28, 2012):   […]

Irish breakfast: Part 2, Let it steep

24 April, 2012 (11:28) | Eurozone, Global news, Ireland, Local issues, Property taxes, Stamp duty, Subprime, Taxation |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post introduced Ireland’s bitter brew of newfound fiscal austerity and the introduction of ane entirely rational normal residential property tax:   Brewed in Ireland   Nevertheless, the March 31 deadline triggered protests across the small nation (the size of Indiana), whose significance can be […]

Irish breakfast: Part 1, Bitter brew

23 April, 2012 (13:58) | Eurozone, Global news, Ireland, Local issues, Property taxes, Stamp duty, Subprime, Taxation |

By:David A. Smith   Austerity is always bitter.     So we, naturally enough, want to defer it.     Especially if we think that somehow our refusal will make it go away – which is what has been playing out in Ireland:   Ireland Faces Popular Revolt Over New Property Tax   As so […]

What’s fair in non-profits’ property taxes? Part 4, from Occasionally to Regularly

9 March, 2012 (09:57) | Brown, Local issues, Nonprofits, Police, Policy, Property taxes, Providence, Rhode Island, Speculation, Theory, Universities, US News |

[Continued from Wednesday’s Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By:David A. Smith   In search of principles to govern whether non-profits should pay extra tax-like payments to the cities they inhabit, yesterday’s Part 3 explored two economic-equity approaches, either a discount from full assessment (we pay less because we’re virtuous too) […]