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TREATISE ON THE POWER OF SPECIAL TAXATION: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF SPECIAL TAXES FOR LOCAL AND PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS, CONSIDERED WITH REFERENCE TO THE CONSTITUTION, STATE...

Ess, Henry N.


Item #: 55228

Pages: x, 389p.
Published: Union; Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; 2004.

Subjects: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, LOCAL/MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT, STATE LAW, TAXATION

Ess warns that the power of local authorities to tax realestate to fund public improvements is a threat because it isnearly boundless. Marshalling an impressive array ofcontemporary cases, and historical examples from Magna Cartato the present, Ess assails the law: "The unlimited power ofthe English Parliament should not have been given to ourcity councils... The public work contracted to be done maybe ruinous to the property taxed and to the property-owner,yet the tax-bills issues for doing this injury are sacredconstitutional obligations and valid to all intents andpurposes in the hands of the original wrongdoer. Our stateconstitutions rival the constitution of Hell and far exceedit in iniquity.": Preface, v, ix.Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

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