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July 20, 2006

The Next FIG, the Next Utility?

For the third FIG Congress Running, Tony Vickers will be presenting a paper on his research relating to Value Maps and Land Value Taxation.

On Monday 9th October in Munich, TS 17 - Land Value Maps and Taxation
organised by FIG Commissions 9 (Valuation and Management of Real Estate) and 8 (Planning and Development)
will commence with a paper authored by Tony and his three PhD supervisors, based at Kingston University UK:
Prof. Sarah Sayce, Dr. Munir Morad, and Prof. Owen Connellan entitled:
Value Maps: The Next Utility? Synergies between Valuation, Spatial Analysis and Land Use Planning (0396)

The synopsis of the paper can be downloaded here

This month, the Liberal Democrat Party's Tax Commission (of which Tony was a member this past year) had its Policy Paper approved for debate at the Party Conference in September. The Lib Dems, Britain's third largest Party and believed by many to be likely to help form the next UK Government, are expected to approve a major shift in Direction of Travel (as their economics spokesman Vince Cable MP has put it) away from taxing wealth creation towards taxing pollution and wealth accumulation. Land Value Taxation (LVT) is seen as a part of this, in the longer term. LVT is included in future Green Taxes, although there is as yet no specific proposal to reform domestic property taxation in the Tax Commission's paper.

The Paper for FIG Congress includes a re-working of the findings of Tony's Delphi Group on Value Maps. A decision by the UK Government to introduce LVT was seen by the Delphi as crucial before it would take the necessary actions leading to Value Mapping.

Posted by Tony Vickers at July 20, 2006 2:30 PM

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