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There are almost 90,000 local governments in America, with an average of one new local government born every day. Many are unaccountable to taxpayers and special interest-driven, and the Goldwater Institute’s “New Charter for American Cities” gives citizens the tools they need to fight City Hall and hold their local governments accountable.

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  • Property Tax Exemptions Shift Burden to Neighbors

    Posted on February 18, 2010 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX--Some Arizona cities that recruit major shopping malls and high-rise buildings have used a special tax incentive that waives most of the development's property taxes, often for 50 years or longer.

  • Scottsdale and Tempe don't need higher hotel taxes

    Posted on February 10, 2010 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    On March 9, Scottsdale and Tempe voters will decide whether to approve a two percentage point increase in their cities’ tax on hotel room rentals. In both cities, hotel associations seem united in support of the measures.

  • Phoenix Withholds Public Records for Hotel Remodeling "Development" Deal

    Posted on February 05, 2010 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX--The City of Phoenix refuses to share with the public any records that might reveal details about a proposed tax exemption to help a downtown hotel remodel its rooms and hallways.

  • Three E's should define next governor's agenda

    Posted on January 21, 2010 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    The Arizona Governor’s office is up for grabs and lots of people seem to want it.

  • Reforming America's cities one policy at a time

    Posted on December 08, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    Nine months ago, the Goldwater Institute introduced a plan to apply the principles of limited government to the governments closest to home. A New Charter for American Cities advocates the establishment of a “Local Liberty Charter” whereby citizens and local public officials could adopt a set of limited-government policies—a local bill of rights—to restrain local taxing and spending, reduce local regulation, and restructure local politics to check and balance governmental power.

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