Allow Local Governments to Raise Property Taxes: Ariel Jurow Kleiman Proposes Reforms to Protect Vulnerable Taxpayers in Pandemic

Ariel Jurow Kleiman (‘14), Assistant Professor of Law at University of San Diego School of Law, co-authored a piece for Tax Notes discussing local governments’ limited ability to finance current budget deficits and proposed reforms to make property tax a more responsive fiscal tool (“Property Taxes During the Pandemic,” June 18). “[M]uch of the pain of the recession will be shared between local governments and their residents. … The local government response to the crisis therefore requires a careful balancing of the harms caused by reduced government expenditures and by increased taxes. Because the real property tax makes up nearly half of local government own-source revenue … it must play an important role in local governments’ responses to the recession.”