Property taxes are an important tool to help finance state and local governments. In fiscal year 2014, they comprised the largest source of state and local taxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. collections, at 31.3 percent.
Median property taxes paid varies among states. The lowest median property taxA property tax is primarily levied on immovable property like land and buildings, as well as on tangible personal property that is movable, like vehicles and equipment. Property taxes are the single largest source of state and local revenue in the U.S. and help fund schools, roads, police, and other services. is $214 in Richland Parish, Louisiana, in the northeast part of the state. The three counties with the highest median property tax all have bills exceeding $10,000 – Nassau County, Rockland County, and Westchester County, all located in New York state and near New York City.
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Reliance on property taxes varies not only among states, but within states as well. For example, in Georgia, where the median property tax bill is relatively low, median property tax paid ranges from $427 in Webster County (near the Alabama border) to $2,661 in Fulton County (a suburb of Atlanta). This is typical among states – higher median payments tend to be concentrated in urban areas. This is partly due to the prevalence of above average home prices in urban cities. Property taxes are assessed as a percentage of home values, so it follows that higher property taxes are paid where housing prices are higher than average.Share