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Michigan depends on property taxes for 34.6% of its state, local funds

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By Michael Carroll | Dec 27, 2019

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Michigan relies on property taxes for 34.6 percent of its total state and local revenues, according to a Tax Foundation ranking of the 50 states.

That percentage for property tax reliance in Michigan was the 16th highest in the United States, according to the foundation’s numbers.

Property taxes in the U.S. as a whole made up 31.5 percent of the total state and local tax revenues collected in fiscal-year 2016, according to the Tax Foundation. And property taxes made up the largest share of state tax revenues in 26 states, the study said.

States that generate lower levels of property tax revenues rely more heavily on sales taxes, business taxes, excise taxes, severance taxes on energy production and other levies, according to the Tax Foundation.

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State Reliance on Property Tax Revenues

RankStateProperty Tax as a % of State and Local Taxes
1New Hampshire64.7%
2Alaska53.7%
3New Jersey46.6%
4Vermont43.9%
5Texas43.8%
6Rhode Island43.4%
7Wyoming43.2%
8Connecticut40.5%
9Maine40.4%
10Montana39.7%
11Nebraska37.5%
12Illinois37.5%
13Massachusetts36.4%
14Florida36.3%
15South Dakota35.4%
16Michigan34.6%
17Wisconsin34.1%
18Virginia33.9%
19South Carolina33.9%
20Kansas33.1%
21Iowa32.4%
22Oregon32.0%
23Georgia31.7%
24New York31.1%
25Colorado30.8%
26Arizona29.6%
27Pennsylvania29.2%
28Washington28.4%
29Ohio28.3%
30Mississippi27.4%
31Utah27.2%
32Idaho26.9%
33Missouri26.4%
34Minnesota25.7%
35Maryland25.7%
36California25.7%
37Tennessee25.2%
38Indiana25.0%
39North Carolina24.9%
40West Virginia23.4%
41Nevada23.3%
42Louisiana22.8%
43Kentucky20.3%
44Oklahoma20.2%
45New Mexico19.7%
46North Dakota19.6%
47Delaware18.1%
48Arkansas18.0%
49Hawaii17.6%
50Alabama17.1%
Source: Tax Foundation

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