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The Center for Property Tax Reform (CPTR) is a joint undertaking between long-time collaborators The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation and the Center for the Study of Economics.  Both RSF and CSE share a commitment to increasing understanding and adoption of Land Value Tax (LVT), a form of property tax that differs from the traditional approach because it only levies taxes on land, not improvements.

CPTR works diligently to provide outreach programs, to create customized case studies and impact assessments and incorporates its knowledge and experiences in Pennsylvania and states across the country.  Below is a sample of some of our featured projects, resources, and research – you can view more information on the Center for Property Tax Reform website.

CPTR Mapping Tools


View underutilized land and lots owned by LLCs throughout New York City.

Tax Shift Explorer

From city council district to individual parcels, explore what a split rate tax could do for your city.

NYC Vacant Land

View more than 28,000 vacant and underutilized parcels found throughout New York City.

RSS Recent CPTR Article Feed: Ongoing Research
  • Hermitage
    We have been asked to study the property tax systems of several communities in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Mercer County is located in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania. Historically, it has been the home of gritty factory towns, mining, and agriculture. Mercer County, PA has 19 municipalities, three of which are cities: Sharon, Hermitage, and Farrell. […]
  • Mass MoCA: When Does Public Investment Pay Off?
    North Adams is one of of dozens of similar towns spread across New England, and similar to small Pennsylvania manufacturing towns centered on steel, coal, and railroads. However, cities like North Adams, Lowell, Pawtucket, and others also produced a broader range of goods which supplied the world with textiles, clocks, brass, firearms, and 20th-century electronic […]
  • Let this tax wither on the vine
    CPTR is in accord with the basic rules of economics. Adam Smith’s so-called “canons of taxation” are a good jumping-off point for a fundamental understanding of taxation, whether that tax is progressive or conservative. As untrammeled monopolies gain more power in the post-political age, tax burdens inexorably are shifting to what we used to call […]

RSF Staff Contact

Stephanie L. Cullins

Director of External Affairs