UrbanTools is pleased to see that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recommending exploration of land value taxation for distressed and struggling communities, the number of which are increasing exponentially even after the supposed end of the Great Recession.
Titled “Attracting Infill Development in Distressed Communities: 30 Strategies ” and published by the Office of Sustainable Communities Smart Growth Program, the document describes how land value tax works and highlights the fact that Pennsylvania is the leader in the effort (we note modestly).
Of particular worth, the EPA provides a self-assessment checklist/test which we took. Using UrbanTools’ 35 years of practical research and implementation experience, we’ll recommend that cities we approach take the self-assessment; the only thing that might scare away town, is there lack of knowledge. That’s where, with your help, the Center and it outreach project, UrbanTools can step in.
Land value tax is strategy #23. It makes great summer beach reading