Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Good resource on property tax issues

-- Property Tax webpage, Lincoln Land Institute

One of the reports on the site is the Minnesota Taxpayers Association 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study (2010).

While the report is "biased" in that it believes that residential and commercial property should be taxed equally, it looks at the high and low cities in each state and the District of Columbia.

DC compares quite favorably to most major cities. In this region, while the overall tax "burden" maybe a bit higher than in Northern Virginia, it's actually much lower than people think--e.g., property taxes in DC are lower than in Maryland, especially compared to communities that have both a county and city tax (e.g., Rockville, Takoma Park, Mount Rainier, etc.).

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