|Grant Number||RO_X 2009_161|
|Organization||Institute for Public Policy (IPP)|
|Project Name||Taxpayers do have rights! Effective mechanisms for identifying and curbing abusive taxation for local public services|
|Amount Awarded||USD 81,200.00|
|Grant Period||April 01, 2010 - February 28, 2011|
Goal: To stimulate fair, transparent and accountable local taxation policies, by building civil society’s capacities to identify potential abuse and pro-actively engage in promoting/protecting the rights of citizens in what concerns access to quality public services. Objectives: To provide a thorough assessment on local taxation systems in Romanian capital municipalities and local pricing for public utility services, aiming to identify and expose potential cases of abuses of local authorities in what concerns levying/imposing unjustified or abusive taxes; To increase accountability of local authorities in providing a fair, transparent and participatory taxation policy and management of local public services by initiating strategic litigation against cases of abusive taxation and/or non-transparent management of local public services; To build local capacities for participatory decision-making in what concerns local taxation policies, by transferring know-how on effective means for holding local authorities accountable for their decisions; To consolidate IPP’s expertise as a reference organization in the field of monitoring/advocating for fair and transparent financial management and quality public services in Romanian municipalities.