Burge’s research focuses on better understanding the causes and consequences of local revenue raising mechanisms. Most of his studies have focused on development impact fees, including work that investigated their effects on home prices, land prices, local employment, and urban density. He has also published work related to property tax administration and has served as a consultant for public (Florida Department of Revenue) and private (Rosenfeld & Maidenbaum LLP, Schroder & Strom LLP) organizations conducting Level of Assessment Ratio studies.
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Analyzes the potential impacts to city revenues and local sales as a result of increasing the sales tax rate in the City of Los Angeles. Indicates a negative effect of higher local sales taxes on overall sales in a municipality.
Highlights five systematic types of market failure commonly associated with new construction, and explains how impact fee programs could be more appropriately used to address each problem. Also identifies the most significant obstacles to using impact fee programs in an expanded capacity.
Builds a theoretical model that predicts impact fees may expand residential home construction within suburban areas, by reducing unobservable barriers associated with land use regulation and by increasing the percentage of proposed projects receiving approval. Using longitudinal data we empirically demonstrate this occurs, but that the effects of fees on construction rates are asymmetric across categories of fees and across central city vs. suburban/rural areas.