The primary sources of government revenue are income, sales, and property taxes.
There is an increasing interest in taxes on energy consumption.
Policymakers on the federal, state, and local levels have important roles in designing livable communities where residents of all ages can participate fully.
Livable and sustainable communities are safe and healthy. They offer residents choices in where to live and how to get around.
Extreme weather conditions, natural disasters, and health emergencies can be devastating to communities.
Redevelopment reuses previously developed land to catalyze new economic growth. It can provide new housing options or community amenities.
When done well, community planning spurs economic development that helps all members of a community thrive.
Two government budget practices that can have significant implications for lower levels of government are block grants and unfunded mandates.
Excise taxes are sales taxes on individual commodities, services, or transactions such as motor fuel, cigarettes, or home sales.
States charge fees for the use of certain services. These fees are based on the principle that people should pay according to the benefits they receive.