Tax-Friendly Places 2007

See how much you'll play in income, sales and property taxes around the country.

Property taxes on owner-occupied housing by county
Priciest Median paid Rank
Westchester County, NY $7,337 1
Nassau County, NY $7,025 2
Hunterdon County, NJ $6,988 3
Bergen County, NJ $6,846 4
Essex County, NJ $6,642 5
Least pricey    
Apache County, AZ $126 775
St. Landry Parish, LA $127 774
St. Bernard Parish, LA $140 773
McKinley County, NM $141 772
Iberia Parish. LA $143 771
Source: The Tax Foundation, based on 2005 Census data
Counties that can cost you
If you happen to be a homeowner in certain areas of the South or Southwest, your property tax bill this year is probably a whole lot more manageable than if you lived, say, in New York or New Jersey.

In Apache County, Ariz. and St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, the median property tax bill for owner-occupied housing in these two regions were less than $150 each, according to the Tax Foundation.

With property taxes on the rise, some states have stepped in to alleviate that burden on taxpayers, said Dubay.

In 2006, the state of New Jersey instituted a 1 percent state sales tax increase, from 6 percent to 7 percent. Half of the $1.2 billion that is expected to be generated is earmarked for property tax relief.
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