Cities need money to operate. The types and amounts of revenue they collect differ from city to city. This case study focuses on revenue collection in Kansas City and Saint Louis along with six comparable cities—Denver, Indianapolis, Louisville, Oklahoma City, Omaha, and Tulsa. From this comparison, I hope to determine which city places the greatest revenue burden on its residents. The comparisons in this paper will shed light on whether Kansas City and Saint Louis are high- or lowrevenue cities relative to other cities across the country.

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About the Author

Michael Rathbone
Michael Rathbone was a policy researcher at the Show-Me Institute. He is a native of Saint Louis and a 2008 graduate of Saint Louis University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering.