Here’s an idea from our friends in Minnesota
Governor Tim Pawlenty and State Rep. Philip Krinkie today unveiled the most important advance in government accountability in years.
Dubbed “Taxpayer Satisfaction Surveys,” Krinkie and Pawlenty’s proposal would give a voice to struggling property taxpayers who now often feel victimized by a confusing tax system. The satisfaction survey would be attached to the current Truth in Taxation statements, and would replace the current hearings that are sparsely attended.
Local taxpayers would be surveyed regarding the level of their tax increases; if 20% or more express dissatisfaction, a vote would be called to approve the level of taxes.
“This is a crucial reform to the property tax system, and will be our number one legislative priority this year,” said David Strom, President of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.
“Who could object to giving citizens a voice in the level of their property taxes. Many legislators have complained that property taxes have been going up, and this measure would help ensure that citizens can make their feelings known to local government officials.
“This is not an anti-tax measure so much as adding accountability to the property tax system. Citizens will get a voice, and be given a choice. That is the essence of democracy,” Strom added.
The Taxpayers League is Minnesota’s largest taxpayers advocacy organization.