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Property taxes are rising: Here's who pays the most

CBS News logo CBS News 4/5/2019 Aimee Picchi
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In 2018, property taxes on the nation's 87 million U.S. single-family homes rose 4 percent to $293.4 billion, reaching an average of $3,498 per home, according to a new report from ATTOM Data Solutions, which runs a property database.

Property taxes have been a hot-button issue of late because of a $10,000 cap on deducting state and local taxes that was imposed as part of the Republican-led tax overhaul. Some homeowners in high-tax states have said the so-called SALT deduction cap means they owe the IRS this year, instead of getting refunds they received in previous years.

The SALT deduction cap "is putting this question back in people's minds," said Todd Teta, chief product officer at ATTOM. "Any state or local tax initiative has been heightened in people's minds over the last two years, given it was in the news."

There are indications property tax increases may be slowing in high-tax areas, Teta said. The difference between high-tax states and low-tax states has narrowed, resulting in a smaller gap between the states than in previous years, he added.

Coastal states with big metropolitan areas, such as New York and California, are among those with the highest property taxes, while Southern states had the lowest rates. The state with the lowest average property tax in 2018 was Alabama, at $788 per home.

U.S. states with the highest property taxes in 2018:

New Jersey: $8,780

Connecticut: $7,222

New York: $6,947

New Hampshire: $6,253

Massachusetts: $6,019

District of Columbia: $5,480

Rhode Island: $5,368

California: $5,354

Vermont: $5,331

Texas: $5,265

U.S. counties with the highest property taxes

Westchester, New York: $17,392

Rockland, New York: $12,925

Marin, California: $12,242

Essex, New Jersey: $12,161

Bergen, New Jersey: $11,771

Nassau, New York: $11,708

Union, New Jersey: $11,075

Fairfield, Connecticut: $10,754

Morris, New Jersey: $10,507

Passaic, New Jersey: $9,988

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