Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jax Is a Tax Paradise Compared to Other Cities

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jax Is a Tax Paradise Compared to Other Cities

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Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage

After reading this, you probably will be asking -- once again -- why our city leaders insist on giving away millions of dollars of our tax money to lure businesses here.

You would think that our low property taxes would be enticement enough. That's right, our low property taxes -- most likely the lowest of any of the state's major cities.

As with any discussion on taxes, this will include a lot of numbers. So try to stay with me instead of switching to the comics.

The property tax rate for most of Duval County is 18.7543 mills. That includes the mills set aside for the city, the school system and special taxing districts such as the St. Johns Water Management District.

Get ready for this: Folks in Miami get hit with a total millage rate of 26.23895 mills. In Tampa, the tax rate is 25 mills; in St. Petersburg, 24.3064 mills; in Fort Lauderdale, 24.7012 mills; and in Orlando, 20.2927 mills.

Despite all the grumbling you hear about taxes, it's not looking so bad in Jacksonville, is it? Throw in the fact that Jacksonville still has the lowest electric rates in the state and the city is looking like a real bargain.

A further break down of property tax rates is also illuminating.

Because Jacksonville has a consolidated city/county government, getting to an apples-to-apples comparison for this is difficult, but here goes.

How does Jacksonville's tax rate for city and county services compare to Florida's other major cities? In other words, remove school taxes from the equation as well as other special taxes that pay for things other than city and county services.

The following numbers were gleaned from the Web sites of various property appraisers and tax collectors.

The property tax rate for city and county services in Jacksonville is 9.6879 mills.

For those unlucky folks in Miami, it's 16. …

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