Special taxes for public safety

This op-ed urges voters in Fort Worth, Texas to renew the city’s special crime control and prevention tax, which was initiated in 1995 and now provides over $50 million per year. These kinds of special-purpose public safety taxes have sprouted up over the last 20-30 years, particularly as a way of overcoming voters’ aversion to taxes in general. With crime rates significantly down and more debate about the increasing costs of policing, it will be interesting to see if this kind of special taxation survives.


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