The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 December 2004

The squeeze is on

Ann Althouse's property-tax bill for 2004 was $11,926.89.

<sound of jaw striking parquet floor>

To run up a tax bill of that size in my neighborhood, she'd have to have a house worth $985,816.

She says elsewhere that the tax on the mythical average house in Madison, Wisconsin, worth $205,359, is $4,458.

This suggests a rate of 21.71 per thousand, which implies that her house is valued at about $549,400.

For comparison purposes, a home valued at $549,400 in my particular taxing district would be taxed $6,598. Not that there are any such; City-Data.com reports that as of 2000, there were only 11 homes in this entire ZIP code worth as much as half a million bucks, and Realtor.com says that the average home around here sells for a modest $93,541, which I calculate would run up taxes of $1031.

Fritz Schranck, living in the sacred land of Delaware, is of course paying quite a bit less.

Posted at 11:17 AM to Dyssynergy


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Posted by: Sean Gleeson at 9:03 PM on 5 December 2004

You know, I didn't vote for you in the darn 2004 Weblog Awards so you could hang comments on the wrong posts. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 9:33 PM on 5 December 2004

Shucks, is my face red. Sorry. And now I'll have to go comment about property tax on your browser post!

Posted by: Sean Gleeson at 12:49 AM on 6 December 2004