This study analyzed the effects of freeways on property taxpayers in Milwaukee. Right-of-way takings for the Milwaukee freeway system resulted in the removal of real estate property from the city's tax base. Total tax loss was estimated to be more than $18 million. However, accident cost savings, savings in travel time and operating costs, and reduced capital expenses for arterial streets benefited city residents by more than $37 million. Figures also are given for individual property owners. The scope of the analysis was limited to the quantifiable items for which data were available. For some items, available data were not fully adequate and many assumptions had to be made. A conservative approach was taken to ensure that benefits were not overrestimated. A direct effect of freeways excluded from the analysis is environmental impact. Indirect effects that were not considered include the impact of freeways on the land development pattern and land value, which may be significant in many cases. It was concluded that the Milwaukee property tax loss due to freeway right-of-way takings was compensated for amply by the benefits attributable to the freeways.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 35-47
  • Monograph Title: Application of economic analysis to transportation problems
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  • Accession Number: 00129479
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309024560
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1976 12:00AM