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Old 06-11-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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Are there any big urban cities out there with low taxes?

(Low property taxes, low or no income taxes, low sales taxes)

It seems like all the places with low taxes seem to be suburban in nature.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:35 AM
 
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Well yeah, urban areas naturally need lots of services and upkeep.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:38 AM
 
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Well yeah, urban areas naturally need lots of services and upkeep.
Well, no because a lot of it may be simply beyond the cities control as it's set at the state level. Seattle, WA comes to mind as an urban city with low taxes since there is no state income tax.
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:07 PM
 
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States without a state income tax are:

1) Alaska
2) New Hampshire
3) Tennessee
4) South Dakota
5) Washington
6) Nevada
7) Texas
8) Wyoming
9) Florida

Here is are some articles that may interest you:

Top 10 Cities With The Lowest Real Estate Taxes

http://www.kiplinger.com/tools/slide...lycities/2.htm
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:21 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Here is are some articles that may interest you:

Top 10 Cities With The Lowest Real Estate Taxes

Top 10 Tax-Friendly Cities
Anchorage, Cheyenne, Sioux Falls, Fargo and Billings are all quite small. Cheyenne has less than 55,000 people (smaller than some suburbs). The infrastructure requirements are much lower in a city like that.

The interesting city to look at is Houston. Perhaps because the infrastructure is relatively new it's not as expensive to maintain as older cities?
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Well, no because a lot of it may be simply beyond the cities control as it's set at the state level. Seattle, WA comes to mind as an urban city with low taxes since there is no state income tax.
Seattle has a sales tax of about 9%. It also has a pretty high property tax and business tax.

Most municipalities get most of their revenues locally, not set by the states. So as someone said earlier, more services generally require more revenue, which is generally made up by taxes.
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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But my question isn't where municipalities derive the majority of their income or the level of services they provide. My question is which urban cities have the lowest taxes be it property, sales, or income?

Seattle's sales tax of 9% and high property taxes is still going to result in less taxation than many other urban cities simply due to the fact that there is no state income tax.

In San Francisco the sales tax is 9.5%, it has much higher property taxes on the median priced home, and the income tax is nearly 10 percent at the top level.

Houston is another good example however I neglected to mention it as it's debatable if it's urban in nature. ;-) j/k
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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States without a state income tax are:

1) Alaska
2) New Hampshire
3) Tennessee
4) South Dakota
5) Washington
6) Nevada
7) Texas
8) Wyoming
9) Florida

Here is are some articles that may interest you:

Top 10 Cities With The Lowest Real Estate Taxes

Top 10 Tax-Friendly Cities
Thanks! This is pretty much what I'm looking for

This proves my point as Seattle is number 4 on the list, which probably makes it number 1 when considering the urban cities criteria.


Rank -- City -- Tax Burden as defined by kiplinger
1. Seattle -- 5.0%
2. Las Vegas -- 5.1%
3. Jacksonville, FL -- 5.2%
4. Phoenix -- 6.8%
5. Chicago -- 6.9%

I skipped cities which are smaller in size.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:37 AM
 
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Miami, maybe? Very urban and no state income tax in FL.
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