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Incentive Taxation

Massachusetts

Taking it to the People: Land Value Tax vote set for May 7th in Lanesborough, Massachusetts


One of the best traditions still in existence from the earliest days of the American experiment are the true exercises in democracy known astown meetings.  














The road to Massachusetts land value tax may run through Lanesborough.

As Henry David Thoreauwrote:

"I am more and more convinced that, with reference to any public question, it is more important to know what the country thinks of it than what the city thinks. The city does not think much.

Regional tax base sharing and the subject of wealth disparity in Berkshire County Massachusetts

Remember tax base sharing?













South Berkshires                                                 North Berkshires

Popularized byMyron Orfieldand others in the late 1990s, regionaltax base sharing(TBS) is one of those ideas that seem logical, fair, and efficient on the surface.  The idea is pretty simple: take an area likeBaltimore city and its surrounding suburbsand equalize the tax burden by allocating property tax revenues across municipal and county boundaries.

Rich Town, Poor Town: Economic Reconciliation in the Berkshires of Massachusetts


Mass MoCA: How Can Public Investment Pay Off?

North Adams Massachusetts is a postindustrial old factory town with little hope. 

North Adams Massachusetts is a vibrant center for the arts poised to take off. 

Which of those two statements is true? 

How about both?   



North Adams is one of dozens of very similar towns spread all across New England much like small Pennsylvania manufacturing towns which were centered on steel, coal and railroads. Towns like North Adams, Lowell, Pawtucket, and so on produced a broader range of goods that supplied the world with textiles, clocks, brass, firearms and 20th century electronic components.

Pittsfield Massachusetts: ready to help itself?

For some time, the city of Pittsfield , in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts has had to contend with a decline in both employment in population, due to the shuttering of one of General Electric's main centers of activity.  The legacy is also one ofbrownfieldsstill in  rehabilitation.  
value, Joshua Vincent










This week, with a new mayor, and new examination of aholistic approachas opposed to a series of "one offs" a concerned citizen and an UrbanToools director wrote a