To ensure equity in property taxation, assessors should use fair-market value as the starting point for determining property values.
Property tax relief should be equitable, cost-effective, and targeted to homeowners with low and moderate incomes burdened by their property tax bill.
Prior to finalizing annual budget decisions, localities should inform taxpayers of the property tax rate required to maintain revenues at the same level as the
Policymakers should establish and enforce uniform standards to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process.
Federal, state, and local governments should maintain substantial penalties for violations of campaign finance laws.
Policymakers should expand disclosure requirements for all funds spent on elections or ballot initiatives.
Policymakers should enact and update public financing systems for elections. This includes increasing matching funds, particularly for small donations.
When considering bond financing, state and local policymakers should:
Maintaining trust and confidence in the government requires strong democratic processes and government institutions.
Raise adequate revenue—the tax system must produce enough revenue to pay for important national, state, and local priorities.