Monday, April 06, 2015

The Fossum Files--don't miss this!

Would  you like  to read  the most detailed and persuasive analysis of double taxation and differential political  participation of CID owners ever written?  Donna Fossum has just posted it, and it should be read by every policy maker involved in these issuess.  Donna Fossum, J.D., Ph.D., describes herself as follows:  "The author has lived in the West End of the City of Alexandria for over 30 years.  For 23 of these years, she was a member of Alexandria’s Planning Commission.  Professionally, she spent the better part of two decades as a Senior Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation.  She also spent close to a decade as an attorney on what is now the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives and shorter stints as an attorney in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget and a Senior Advisor in what is now the Science and Engineering Statistics Division of the National Science Foundation."

And here is a brief  summary of her detailed empirical analysis---

"This is an analysis of the unforeseen consequences of the City of Alexandria, Virginia privatizing many services that it has traditionally provided to its homeowners.  Alexandria was first settled in the mid-1700s and over the years has been home to the likes of George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors.  Today, after three major annexations of land in 1915, 1930, and 1952, Alexandria now occupies 15.6 square miles directly across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia and is home to an estimated 142,000 people, making it one of the more densely populated cities in the United States.1  On a functional basis, however, Alexandria today is two separate “cities” of relatively equal physical size and population that differ markedly in community structure and political influence.  In one of these “cities,” the average homeowner pays their taxes and receives all their services from City Hall.  In the other “city,” the average homeowner pays their taxes, but receives only some of their services from City Hall."

Here are two links to the page, in case one doesn't work:

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