Comment 27905

By UrbanRenaissance (registered) | Posted December 15, 2008 at 12:16:34

A. smith wrote: "I am really coming around to the idea of basing politicians' pay on how much they increase property values. Since property values reflect the quality of life in a city, rewarding politicians who increase this number makes it more likely that they will focus their decisions to do this very thing."

While I love the idea of civil service compensation being performance based, (including schools and hospitals), basing them on property values can't be the only metric used. It's too easy to artificially inflate the values, perhaps not as easy as it was during the housing boom, but other factors would still need to be applied. Which factors and what weighting to give each would be up to the sociologists but regardless, politics would need to be removed from the equation to keep this "Livability Index" (if that hasn't already been coined then I'm coining it now) as unbiased as possible.

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