This is from the Camden, NJ discussion.
Instead of collecting property taxes on a subjective number like value why don't counties base taxes on the total square footage of a property. I know it would hit poorer households with a larger percentage in taxes but in my mind it at least seems the least arbitrary way. The size can't change based on who is doing the evaluation like assessments can. Is this even possible to do if a county wanted to try it?
You could still say commercial or industrial properties were 1.5 or 2 times the price of residential but this way would take the guesswork out of the system. We get people who build additions and they say "Great, now you can raise my taxes."
Let's think about this for a minute: other than maybe a tiny bit of increased fire protection, why does someone building an extra room have anything to do with how much they should pay in taxes? They aren't creating a stronger demand on city services so why punish them for it?