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Nature_and_Environment.41

Urban vs Rural Taxation

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{Nature_and_Environment.41.2}: ... {wren1111} Tue, 01 Mar 2005 20:37:16 CST (20 lines)

That's an interesting proposal Stephen. I'm not aware of anyplace
which has tried it.

I don't know about Canada, but in the US, nearby municipalities fund
the infrastructure costs for new develpments ... which means
basically that taxpayers in the existing built areas are funding the
up-front costs for developers.

My idea for controlling sprawl is to demand that developers pay 100%
of the infrastructure costs (all those items you listed) to build
their developments. It would amount to the same thing as your "rural
tax" because, naturally, the developer would pass on those costs to
the new housing consumer ... making moving to previously undevelped
land (the "country") very expensive.

On the flip side, we could give tax credits to developers to build in
infill sites within already developed areas and to redevelop/rehab
older existing neighborhoods. We could also give tax breaks to people
who buy in older neighborhoods or who buy in existing developed
areas.

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