Our community is in the midst of a polarizing debate between those who want to maintain/increase taxes for local governments to provide services to the community and those who want to reduce taxes to let people keep more of their money.
I’ll suggest a third option: People who want to use to use their money to help others can donate to charity. Those who aren’t sure which charities are most effective can look to the recommendations from charity evaluators that research this question. For example, GiveWell and The Life You Can Save offer short lists of their most heavily-researched, high-impact opportunities. Impact Matters and the Center for High Impact Philanthropy provide longer lists for donors who want more choice. Charity Navigator provides analysis of charity financials and some other areas, though it doesn’t evaluate the quality of the programs themselves.
Author of “Reinventing Philanthropy: A Framework for More Effective Giving”