Sunday, May 8, 2011

Property Taxes by County across US

Property Taxes on Owner-Occupied Housing by County, 2005 - 2009, Ranked by Taxes as Percentage of Home Value (One year averages)

Nassau County,New York

  • Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes $8,940 (Rank 2)
  • Median Home Value $475,500
  • Taxes as % of Home Value 1.88% (Rank 77)
  • Median Income for Home Owners $104,465
  • Taxes as % of Income 8.6% (Rank 5)

Suffolk County,New York

  • Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes $7,361 (Rank 11)
  • Median Home Value $407,500
  • Taxes as % of Home Value 1.81% (Rank 102)
  • Median Income for Home Owners $92,207
  • Taxes as % of Income 8.0% (Rank 8)

Looks like a lot of New York counties are in top 100. The typical resident of  Westchester County in New York pays more in property taxes  than the typical resident of any other major American county, according to a new analysis of Census data from the Tax Foundation.

Our Long Island Suffolk and Nassau county as a percentage of Income is in top 10 but this data is from 2009 and as of 2011 Nassau has become No. 1 in absolute property taxes.

New York and New Jersey together accounted for all of the top 10 highest median property tax burdens, whether calculated by median property tax dollars paid, or as median taxes as a percent of median home value, or as median taxes as a percent of median income.

Lowest Property Taxes by County

Louisiana parishes consistently came out on top with the lowest property taxes as a percentage of home value.  Nearly the entire top ten lowest taxing counties were in Louisiana.  The county with the lowest property taxes in the nation was Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana.  Home owners in Tangipahoa Parish pay just 0.13% of their home value in property taxes.  Also in the top ten were Apache County, Arizona, which came in at sixth and Maui County, Hawaii which was ranked seventh.

Highest Property Taxes by County

When the Tax Foundation compared property taxes by county, New York counties consistently came in with the highest taxes.  In fact, New York counties held nine spots on the top ten list of counties with the highest property taxes.  The county with the highest property taxes in the nation was Monroe County, New York where residents pay 2.89% of their home value in property taxes.  Camden County, New Jersey, the only county on the top ten list that was not in New York, was ranked at 8th.  Camden County residents pay 2.50% of their home value in property taxes.

When all U.S. counties were ranked by the dollar amount paid in property taxes, without accounting for home value, counties in New York and New Jersey still came in as the highest taxing counties in the nation.

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Long Island Property taxes most important issue, say LIers

No surprise here ! To stop this ridiculous rise in property taxes we have to educate our fellow LIers and contact your representative that they should demand Speaker Silver respond to the pleas of homeowners across the state and support a property tax cap in New York. It has already passed the senate but is being stalled in the Assembly by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Also this year we are seeing some enormous rise in property taxes in school districts such as
William Floyd 12.47% and Seaford 8.99%. Some school districts such as Middle country is resorting to blackmailing its residents. The deal for districts residents is either approved a 6.68% increase or the district is going to force 21.61% increase in tax levy.

Published by THOMAS MAIER at Newsday

By a wide margin, property taxes are the most important issue facing Long Islanders, according to a Newsday / News 12 Long Island / Siena Research Institute Poll. Property taxes were cited overall by 45 percent of respondents, more than twice the 21 percent who cited "availability of good jobs" as the second most pressing issue for Long Islanders. "Property taxes are really an issue here because it keeps the young people from staying on Long Island and it will prevent the older people from staying, too," Tafuri explained.

Property taxes also are a large part of why the 57 percent of those polled said Long Islanders are headed in the "wrong direction" rather than the "right track" in the poll. A similar margin said New York State was headed in the wrong direction as well.

Property taxes are a particularly raw issue in Nassau County, where 53 percent cited them as the biggest issue, compared to 36 percent in Suffolk. Islandwide, Republicans and people 55 years or older complained about property taxes the most. "The Democrats love to spend money and they have to get it from the taxpayers," said one poll respondent, a retired Republican who lives on Nassau County's South Shore.

School costs - the biggest part of property tax bills - were also on the minds of Long Islanders who cited "the quality of public schools" among their top concerns. "The first thing I would do is eliminate tenure for teachers in public schools to cut costs," said another poll respondent, a 50-year-old Garden City man who is a Republican and who did not want to give his name. Although he was happy that his two children attending local schools got a good education there, he said his family's property tax bill has been overwhelming.

Property taxes hit a chord with all respondents, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, location or party affiliation. In addition to identifying the most important issue, the poll underlined the intensity of Long Islanders' general feelings about property taxes, with 86 percent calling the issue "very important" and 11 percent as "somewhat important." Crime, schools, good jobs and health care also received strong reactions, with traffic congestion and the local environment getting milder reactions.