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The Commission on Local Government publishes a ranking of localities by "revenue effort."

As defined by the Commission (pdf at 12):

A localitys revenue effort is computed as its own-source revenue collections divided by its revenue capacity. The components of own-source revenue used by the Commission on Local Government for this computation are real estate taxes, public service corporation real estate taxes, personal property taxes, local option sales taxes, and other local source revenue. Data used for this exercise was taken from the Comparative Report of Local Government Revenue and Expenditures for FY 2017 published by the Auditor of Public Accounts. A locality that is collecting revenue at its computed capacity would receive a score of 100.

In short, "revenue effort" measures how hard the locality is working its citizens for revenue.

We have the data for 2017.  Richmond is 26th from the highest of the 133 localities at 1.2551.  Richmond is working its citizens for revenue 35% harder than the Virginia average and 51% harder than the Virginia median.

The Biggest Taxers all are cities: The first County in the list is Loudoun, at 34th place; next is Arlington at 37th.

The graph here shows revenue effort, with the localities ranked high to low; Richmond is the gold bar; the red bars (from the left) are Hampton, Newport News, and Norfolk:

Follow this link for a breakdown of where the taxes come from and where they go. 

Unfortunately, the payback for the high taxes we pay is high crime and lousy schools and a public housing agency that harbors crime

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Last updated 08/21/19
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