Alabama Case Contests Discriminatory Property Tax Restrictions

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Progressives have long contested the unfairness of depending on local property taxes for school funding. Property taxes are fundamentally regressive and many localities do not even have the tax base to adequately fund their local school district. But for some jurisdictions the only alternative funding mechanism is sales taxes, which are even more regressive. That means that localities' ability to raise property taxes to fund education is particularly important. Thus, a new court case is challenging Alabama's ultra-low property tax caps which are rooted in the state's archaic 1901 Constitution. Read much more about the case and Alabama's deeply disturbing history of racially motivated tax discrimination on our blog here.

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