Local Policy

Economically and racially equitable tax systems are essential to adequately funding education, health, childcare, affordable housing, and other shared priorities. This is especially true at the local level, where the connection between revenue and the quality of public services is extremely clear.

Our local work explores how to rebalance local taxes, including but not limited to:

• Shifting away from fines and fees as revenue-raisers,
• Considering local tax credits to bolster economic security and promote healthy communities,
• Removing state legal barriers to equitable local taxes,
• Reforming property tax assessments that widen racial and economic disparities,
• Ensuring that localities can raise revenue to tackle urgent challenges in public health, early childhood education, and more.

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