It’s a simple idea. On your state income tax, simply record your city or town of residence, and your 0.25% local income tax is sent directly to city or town hall. If you live out of state, and you pay income taxes because you work in Massachusetts, your 0.25% goes to the transportation trust fund. Given the estimates of income tax revenues that floated around the Commonwealth at the time of the income tax repeal ballot question ($11 billion), this would generate over $500 million in revenues for cities, towns, and transportation.
The local income tax, combined with a 2% local meals tax, should take lots of pressure off of property taxes. We will be able to adequately fund schools and local services.