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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
  • From Eternal to Extinguished: The Reform of Municipal Ground Lease in the Netherlands
    Part 2: The Reform of Municipal Ground Lease in the Netherlands Since the introduction of the municipal ground lease in Amsterdam in 1896, the conditions have continually been subject to changes. Despite that, still no one is really satisfied with the ground lease system. After the most recent change, the question is whether its original […]
  • Citadels of Privilege: How LLCs funnel land rents into the pockets of wealthy investors
    As housing costs continue their inexorable climb upwards in cities across the US, concern is mounting about the role played by corporate investors. Referred to as the ‘financialization’ of housing, real estate is being hoovered-up by massive investment funds with names like BlackRock and Blackstone. With little personal connection to their tenants, these faceless investors […]
  • The Dutch Ground Lease System from a Georgist Perspective
    Seventeen years after the publication of Henry George’s Progress and Poverty, the city of Amsterdam decided not to sell any more of its land. Instead they installed a system of municipal ground lease, to ensure the community would benefit from the increased value of the land. The system has been hotly debated ever since, including […]

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Stephanie L. Cullins

Director of External Affairs