About TaxWatch

       
  As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit
taxpayer research institute & government watchdog for more than one third of a century,


 
 

it is the mission of Florida TaxWatch to provide the citizens of Florida and public officials with high quality, independent research and analysis of issues related to state and local government taxation, expenditures, policies, and programs. 

Florida TaxWatch works to improve the productivity and accountability of Florida government. Its research recommends productivity enhancements and explains the statewide impact of fiscal and economic policies and practices on citizens and businesses.

Florida TaxWatch is supported by voluntary, tax-deductible memberships and private grants, and does not accept government funding. Memberships provide a solid, lasting foundation that has enabled Florida TaxWatch to bring about a more effective, responsive government that is more accountable to, and productive for the citizens it serves since 1979.

 

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FROM OUR CHAIRMAN

I cannot think of a better time in the storied history of this organization to take the gavel as Chairman than right now. Over the past 33 years, TaxWatch has been a constant, building institutional knowledge and keeping a watchful eye on government on behalf of Florida taxpayers.

In the coming years, Florida TaxWatch will explore the most effective ways to ensure sound fiscal and economic policy at the local level, increase our work educating taxpayers on how to engage with and understand their governments, and endeavor to promote productivity among public employees at more than just the state level. 

Any time that TaxWatch speaks, policymakers and those in the seats of power listen, and I am excited that my term as Chairman will see TaxWatch lead on issues that have long-needed our voice. 

To our supporters, thank you. We could not do this work without you, and to those new to Florida TaxWatch, I hope that you will learn about the organization, ask us questions if you have any, and I am confident that you will come to appreciate the value of Florida TaxWatch as I have. 

JOHN B. ZUMWALT, III

FROM OUR PRESIDENT & CEO

Florida TaxWatch has succeeded for more than a third of a century because we have stayed true to what the organization was intended to be: a highly-constructive, credible, independent government watchdog, guidedog, birddog, and eyes and ears for the taxpayers under the guidance of our extraordinary statesmen-leaders.

We have maintained the same values from day one:
Integrity, Productivity, Accountability, Independence, and Quality Research.

One of the things that I am most proud of is how TaxWatch has grown to meet the challenges that face Florida’s taxpayers without losing sight of who we are. We often hear about “mission creep” in government agencies, but our governments are not alone. In the private sector, growth and expansion often lead to substantive changes in the fabric of an organization, and in the nonprofit world, this can be disastrous.

TaxWatch, however, has embraced growth in the right direction; always to strengthen, to add capacity, keeping the core mission of TaxWatch, and the vision of our founders, as our guiding star.

DOMINIC M. CALABRO




We Believe

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot establish character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

—From the pen of Reverend William John Henry Boetcker (1873-1962) and often attributed to Abraham Lincoln

TaxWatch History of Accomplishments

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