Why do taxes differ so much between counties / parishes?
As some of you know I have been looking for a new house. What I already knew but just recently has become much more apparent of because of my search is the difference in taxes between counties.
Why do taxes differ so much between counties / parishes? The county where I live, the taxes are pretty expensive. It is pretty populous and we do have more services and amenities than surrounding counties counties. But we have a lot more people to pay for them.
Also it is not the county tax that is expensive but the school taxes. Seems to me that the less populous counties would have very high school tax since there are less people to pay for the schools. How can they offer similar services so cheaply?
Which brings up a related question. Are there any communities in the United States that have no school so therefore no school tax? Seems to me that some of these huge retirement communities could work things out so they did not have to pay a school tax.