Overgrown and Noxious: The Abuse of Special Taxing Districts in Missouri - Springfield Policy Lunch

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Hundreds of micro-governments known as special taxing districts have extracted over a billion dollars in tax revenue from Missourians. In theory, they are innovative financing and governance tools that can efficiently and effectively deliver goods and services to taxpayers. In practice, due to a lack of oversight and accountability they create more problems than they solve.

Speaker Biography:

Patrick Tuohey, Director of Municipal Policy, Show-Me Institute

Patrick Tuohey works with taxpayers, media, and policymakers to foster understanding of the consequences of policies regarding economic development, taxation, education, and transportation. His paper on TIF in Kansas City, "Urban Neglect: Kansas City's Misuse of Tax Increment Financing" has spurred parents and activists to oppose TIF projects where they are not needed. Patrick is a regular panelist on Kansas City Public Television's Ruckus and appears on television and radio across Missouri.