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Political costs and fiscal benefits: The political economy of residential property value assessment under Proposition 212

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  • Makowsky, Michael
  • Sanders, Shane

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We use a 15-year panel of property value assessment data from 351 Massachusetts municipalities. Appraised values grow more slowly in municipalities with elected assessors. When municipalities pass, via referenda, large increases in the cap on tax revenues, value assessments grow faster under appointed assessors and slower under elected assessors. Appraisals grow slower when alternative revenue sources are available.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 120 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 359-363

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:120:y:2013:i:3:p:359-363

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Keywords: Property taxes; Property appraisal; Elected versus appointed; Tax referenda;

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