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State Programs and Practices for Reducing Residential Property Taxes

Of all local government revenue sources, the one relied on most heavily is the local property tax. States and localities have a variety of programs and methods that reduce property taxes to homeowners and (in many states) renters. When comparing and examining state programs and practices for reducing property taxes, it becomes clear that property taxes can be complex. This AARP Public Policy Institute Issue Paper by David Baer provides a guide to understanding how state laws, practices, and programs reduce property taxes for residential homeowners (owner-occupied households) and renters. It was written for state policymakers, retirees, assessing officials, and others who want to know the factors that influence how residential property tax liabilities can vary among the states. (53 pages)

Pub ID: 2003-04

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