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Because property taxes are tied to housing values, the actual dollar amounts of property taxes tend to be higher in places with higher housing prices. In order to provide an apples to apples comparison, The Tax Foundation took housing value into account in their most recent property tax comparison.

As a percentage of home value, Iowans pay the 12th highest property taxes in the country. Illinois and New Jersey have the highest, while Hawaii and Alabama have the lowest. See map.

Over the last two months, ITR compared property tax increases to population and school enrollment growth in communities across Iowa. If you missed it, take a look with the links below:

Every dollar government has was first taken from someone who earned it. When the government grows, spends, and takes from taxpayers faster than population growth and inflation, elected officials need to clearly explain why.