I Tax You Tax; Quality of Life and Self Taxation

Ryan M. Yonk
2013 Public Administration Research  
Citizens are occasionally asked to make specific policy decisions that elected officials are either unable or unwilling to make directly. Among the most common policies where specific voter approval is sought is the leveling of new taxes at the local level. I find that the quality of life of local communities is used by voters in deciding whether to support local tax increases. John Zaller (1992) in, "The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion", proposes that individuals form opinions based on
more » ... s of information that have become salient in their daily activities. As they are faced with situations where decision making is necessary they draw on the information that is available. Decisions are made and information is used based on prior experience, saliency, heuristic value, and other factors that push information in an individual's active consideration. This model of decision making, unlike Converses assertion that individuals are merely www.ccsenet.org/par
doi:10.5539/par.v2n2p174 fatcat:etmzaw6rvravrmaoggzkfx5q24