The Debate on User Fees

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Monday, May 18, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
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When governments facing increasing expectations and decreasing tax revenues turning to user fees, fines, and penalties can help raise additional revenue. However, those approaches are not without drawbacks and recently, there has been a new debate on not only sustainability of such an approach, but also problems with efficiency of collecting fees, ramifications for equity, and negative public perception. In this session, speakers will discuss how to develop user-fee policy, consider which services are appropriate for user fees (or should stay as a tax), determine how to set user fee prices, and analyze the potential social, economic, and fiscal impacts of a shift to more fees, fines, and penalties as a method of raising needed revenue.