|Baker, Union counties among the lowest taxing in the state|
|The Press - News|
|Written by Joel Addington|
|Thursday, 06 October 2011 12:45|
Baker County has the sixth lowest property tax levies in the state and collects the fifth lowest in revenues, according to a report released today from Florida TaxWatch.
The report compares the taxing and spending of Florida's 67 counties.
Union County, however, ranked dead last in the amount of taxes levied and collected. Both rankings were calculated on a per capita basis.
Here, the report shows, residents pay $377, on average, annually in total city and county property taxes. The only counties with lower averages are Union, Lafayette, Calhoun, Holmes and Liberty counties.
Baker County governments levy $543 in property taxes, per capita on average. Jackson County and the other North Florida counties above all have lower per capita levies.
Monroe County topped the rankings in both measures, billing and collecting more property taxes than anywhere else in the state.
In terms of total city and county government revenues — essentially property taxes plus other revenue sources like assessments and fees — Baker County had the 10th lowest at $1729.
Florida TaxWatch also looked at combined city and county government expenditures. When it comes to spending, Baker County ranked the 13th lowest at $1736.
View Baker County's rankings here.
"Local taxing and spending is a major part of Florida government operations," said Florida TaxWatch president Dominic Calabro. "More than half of all Florida government spending is done at the local level, one of the highest shares in the nation."
|Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2011 14:56|