“Some consider property taxes to be insufficient for raising municipal revenue because the rate-setting process is highly transparent and political: homeowners see and feel annual hikes quite keenly, and governments are publicly held to account for their taxing decisions…. Local governments will, of course, have to make a persuasive case to taxpayers that any tax hikes are justified, but that — rather than utilizing revenue tools that are less transparent — is precisely how responsible governments should function” (McMillan & Dahlby, 2014 p.1).
While the process of setting property taxation rates should be transparent, this is not to say that all municipal funds should be collected through property taxation. A more reliable means of accessing more funding from other levels of government needs to be developed.
Village staff and elected officials spend significant time, through their member organizations such as NCLGA, AKBLG, UBCM, FCM and others, advocating for more direct transfers of funds from other levels of government to address municipal infrastructure concerns. This is an important function when staff and elected officials attend conferences and meetings. Your elected officials, your municipal organization - working and advocating for a better system to serve you and your children into the future.
Taxes are a means for people to accomplish together what they cannot do individually.