Monday Map: State and Local Property Tax Collections Change, 1999-2009

July 3, 2012

This week's Monday Map is actually a Tuesday map – it's a day late. It shows the growth of property tax collections from 1999 to 2009 (the latest 10-year period for which data is available.) Wyoming leads the country with a 65% increase in property tax collections (real dollars per capita); Washington State is at the other end with a 6% decrease over the same period.

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A 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.

A 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.