Public Works Management and Policy
This research note compares the effect on willingness to raise taxes and government fees of three common approaches to public consultation: (a) a telephone survey with no information or discussion, (b) a focus group with discussion but no information relating need to the proposed tax or fee, and (c) a focus group with discussion and such information. Our purpose is twofold: (a) illustrate the contribution of pertinent information to public acceptance of tax or fee increases, and (b) suggest a more comprehensive and informative approach to consultation with the public. We do so using the examples of raising the gas tax and vehicle registration fees. The results show that the combination of information and discussion produces the greatest level of support for both revenue enhancing options. Implications for presenting proposals to raise taxes and fees are discussed.
Yusuf, Juita-Elena and O'Connell, Lenahan, "The Effects of Discussion and Information on Public Support for Tax and Fee Increases for Transportation" (2015). School of Public Service Faculty Publications. 12.
0000-0003-3599-1417 (Yusuf), 0000-0002-3727-3016 (O'Connell)