Taxation in American States and Cities

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CHAPTER IX.
OTHER FEATURES OF EXISTING FINANCIAL SYSTEMS OF AMERICAN STATES AND CITIES.

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS.

WERE this a book intended primarily for specialists, it would require two or three volumes to describe adequately the financial systems of American states and cities. It must, however, be distinctly understood that this is primarily a practical work for practical people. Its purpose is to draw attention to the main features of American state and local finance, and not to enter into all the complicated details of administration and all the complexities of legislation and judicial decisions. This book aims to present an outline sketch of what exists, and to indicate the lines along which financial reform must move. Readers will be able to fill in the sketch here given by personal inquiry and research. Teachers who may use this book in the class-room will discover many points which should be further explained to their classes, and will find it advantageous to assign topics to their students for further elucidation. Local tax authorities will be able to give the needed information about local taxation, and stare laws will be found useful in a study of state taxation, while intelligent legislators and state officials will be glad to explain to classes the practical operations in which they are engaged.

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