Which Florida Cities Have the Lowest Local Taxes โ˜˜ Hoey Team โ˜˜ eXp Realty Florida

Dated: August 23 2019

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According to a Kiplinger list of 50 Fla. cities, Palm Bay residents pay the lowest local taxes ($3,205/year) in the state, followed by Poinciana and Lehigh Acres.

Orlando, Fla. – A lot of people, especially retirees, are moving to Florida for the sun, sand, affordable housing … and the lack of an income tax. But don’t think for a second that no state income tax means no taxes at all. There are plenty of other taxes to be paid in Florida, and some of them are imposed by local governments – counties, cities and towns. Some of the local taxes can put a big dent in your wallet, particularly property taxes, and there can be a significant gap between the top local tax rates and the lowest rates. That means your overall local tax burden will vary depending on where you live in the Sunshine State.

Florida is already the fourth most tax-friendly state in the nation according to our latest rankings, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t save a few more dollars by living in a low-tax area within the state. So if you’re planning on moving to Florida, or looking to relocate within the state, it’s worth checking out the local tax rates. To help you out, we ranked the 50 largest cities and towns in Florida (including “census designated places”) based on the estimated local tax burden (from highest to lowest).

The estimates reflect what a hypothetical couple would pay in common local taxes in each location if they moved to Florida and purchased a $250,000 home. Where can you go to trim your overall tax bill? Check out our list of Florida locations to find out!

50. West Palm Beach

Population (Rank): 110,219 (23rd)

County: Palm Beach

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,647

By our estimates, West Palm Beach has the highest overall local tax burden of the 50 most populous cities and towns in the Sunshine State. Except for sales taxes, all the local taxes imposed by the city are at or near the highest rates. For example, in 2017 (latest data available), the average property tax rate in West Palm Beach was about $1,203 per $100,000 in home value. Unfortunately for West Palm Beach residents, that’s the highest average property tax rate in our rankings. Based on the average rate, the annual property tax on our hypothetical couple’s $250,000 home in the city would be about $3,008.

The sales tax rate in West Palm Beach is 7%. That includes the statewide 6% sales tax and an additional 1% local tax. At 7%, the city’s combined rate is average for the cities and towns our list. The total state and local tax on gasoline in the city is 38.025 cents per gallon. That’s the highest (but also the most common) rate you’ll see in our survey.

West Palm Beach also has a 10% public service tax on electricity, which is tied with several other Florida cities for the highest electricity tax rate in our rankings. There’s a 10% public service tax on water, too. The water tax rate is tied with a number of other cities for the second-highest rate on our list. The municipal tax on communications services is 6.02%, which is levied on cable or satellite television, internet, phone and similar services. That’s on the high end for our list.

49. Lauderhill

Population (Rank): 71,976 (43rd)

County: Broward

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,585

In Lauderhill, the average property tax rate in 2017 was $1,199 per $100,000 in home value. That’s the second-highest average for our group of Florida cities. At that rate, the annual property tax on a $250,000 home in the city would be about $2,997. Ouch!

Sales taxes in Lauderhill are on the low end. The combined state and local sales tax rate is 7% (second-lowest rate on our list). However, gas taxes in the city are high. The combined state and local tax on gasoline is 38.025 cents per gallon (highest rate).

There’s a 10% public service tax on electricity in Lauderhill (highest rate on our list), but there is no tax on water service. The local communications services tax rate is 5.72%, which is an average rate for the 50 largest cities and towns in Florida.

48. Coral Springs

Population (Rank): 133,058 (14th)

County: Broward

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,581

Property taxes in Coral Springs will give you a headache. The average rate was $1,180 per $100,000 in home value in 2017. That’s the third-highest average on our list, and it means you can expect a $2,950 annual property tax bill for a $250,000 home in Coral Springs.

Sales and gas taxes are mixed in Coral Springs. There’s a 7% combined state and local sales tax, which is the second-lowest rate for the cities we’re ranking. However, the state and local gas tax in the city is 38.025 cents per gallon, which is the highest rate on our list.

The Coral Springs public service tax on electricity is steep at 10% (highest rate), and the 10% public service tax on water service is high, too (second-highest rate on our list). The city’s communications services tax rate is only average, though. It’s just 5.72%.

47. Homestead

Population (Rank): 69,909 (47th)

County: Miami-Dade

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,484

In 2017, the average property tax rate in Homestead was $1,199 per $100,000 in home value. So, for our hypothetical couple’s $250,000 home, the annual property tax bill would be about $2,864. That’s one of the higher amounts for the 50 cities and towns on our list and solidifies Homestead’s “high tax burden” classification.

There’s some good news and bad news for local sales and gasoline taxes. Homestead’s combined state and local sales tax rate is 7%, which is the second-lowest sales tax rate on our list. But the combined state and local gas tax in the city is 36.025 cents per gallon, which is the second-highest rate showing up for the Sunshine State’s 50 largest cities.

Utility taxes are high in Homestead, too. The city has a 10% public service tax on electricity (tied for the highest rate on our list) and a 10% public service tax on water (tied for the second-highest rate). The city’s communications services tax is 5.92%, which is an above-average rate for the localities on our list.

46. Weston

Population (Rank): 70,927 (46th)

County: Broward

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,457

Like other “high tax burden” locations, property taxes aren’t cheap in Weston. In 2017, property taxes in the city averaged $1,147 per $100,000 in home value. That adds up to $2,868 in annual property taxes on a $250,000 home, which is fourth-highest on our list.

Shoppers in Weston will see a combined state and local sales tax rate of 7% (second-lowest rate for the cities on our list). If you’re filling up at the pump in Weston, you’ll pay a combined state and local gasoline tax of 38.025 cents per gallon (highest rate).

There’s a 10% public service tax on electricity in Weston (highest rate in our rankings), but there is no tax on water service. The city’s local communications services tax rate is a modest 5.72%.

45. Port St. Lucie

Population (Rank): 189,331 (8th)

County: St. Lucie

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,429

In 2017, the average property tax rate in Port St. Lucie was about $1,135 per $100,000 in home value. Only five other locations on our list had a higher property tax rate that year. The owner of a $250,000 home in Port St. Lucie can expect an annual property tax bill of around $2,838.

The combined state and local sales tax rate in Port St. Lucie is 7%, which is the second-lowest rate for the cities we’re ranking. That’s not too bad. However, the city’s gasoline tax is pretty high. It’s 38.025 cents per gallon, which is the highest gas tax rate on our list.

Taxes for electricity, water and communications services are a mixed bag in Port St. Lucie. The public service tax for electricity is levied at a 10% rate, which is the highest rate in our rankings. Water service is not taxed at all by the city. The local communications services tax rate is higher than average at 5.82%.

44. Riverview

Population (Rank): 90,538 (31st)

County: Hillsborough

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,403

There’s both good tax news and bad tax news for Riverview residents. Property tax rates are high – $1,126 in 2017 for every $100,000 in home value, on average. For a $250,000 home, that means about $2,816 in property taxes each year, which is high when compared with amounts for the other Florida cities and towns we’re reviewing.

The combined state and local sales tax in Riverview is steep, too. It’s 8.5%, which is the highest sales tax rate in our rankings. Now for the good news: Gasoline taxes are lower than average – 33.025 cents per gallon in state and local taxes.

There are no local public service taxes on electric or water service, either. This helps offset the high property and sales taxes. The local communications services tax is below average, too. It’s only 5.4%.

43. Tallahassee

Population (Rank): 191,039 (7th)

County: Leon

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,331

From a property tax standpoint, Tallahassee has an above-average property tax rate, but at least it isn’t in the top 10. The average rate in 2017 was $1,039 per $100,000 in home value. For a $250,000 home, that comes to about $2,598 per year in real property taxes.

Although Tallahassee’s property tax rates are not among the 10 highest, all the city’s other local tax rates are at or near the top. The combined state and local sales tax, for example, is 7.5%. That’s the second-highest sales tax rate we’re seeing on our list. The city’s state and local gasoline tax is 38.025 cents per gallon, which is the highest gas tax rate in our rankings.

There’s a 10% public service tax on both electricity and water in Tallahassee – the highest and second-highest rates on our list, respectively. At 6.9%, the city’s communication services tax is the second-highest of the 50 largest Florida locations.

42. Davie

Population (Rank): 105,146 (25th)

County: Broward

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,292

The 2017 average property tax rate in Davie was $1,081 per $100,000 of property value, which is among the 10 highest rates on our list. That puts the annual property tax bill for a $250,000 home in the city at right around $2,704.

The total state and local sales tax rate in Davie is 7% (second-lowest in our rankings). The city’s combined state and local gas tax is imposed at the highest rate on our list – 38.025 cents per gallon.

Davie imposes a 10% public service tax on electricity (highest rate on our list); however, there are no local public service taxes on water. The city’s communications services tax rate is 5.72%, which is average for the 50 largest cities and towns in Florida.

41. Miramar

Population (Rank): 140,323 (13th)

County: Broward

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,271

At $1,056 per $100,000 in home value, Miramar’s 2017 average property tax rate gets an above-average ranking among the 50 largest Florida cities and towns. So, for a $250,000 home, you can expect to pay about $2,640 per year in real property taxes.

Sales taxes are not too high in Miramar. The city’s combined state and local sales tax rate is 7%, which is the second-lowest sales tax rate on our list. But the city’s combined state and local tax on gasoline – 38.025 cents per gallon – is the highest gas tax rate you’ll see in our survey.

There’s a 10% local public service tax on electricity (highest rate) and a 10% local public service tax on water (second-highest rate) in Miramar. But the local communications services tax is only average at 5.72%.

40. Boca Raton

Population (Rank): 98,153 (26th)

County: Palm Beach

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,258

Boca Raton is the first of our “above-average tax burden” cities, so we’ll start seeing some slightly lower overall tax totals. The average property tax rate in 2017 for homes in Boca Raton was the 10th-highest in our rankings – $1,064 per $100,000 in home value. For our hypothetical couple’s $250,000 home in the city, that comes to an estimated annual tax bill of $2,660.

The combined state and local sales tax rate in Boca Raton is 7%, which is the second-lowest rate for cities on our list. That’s not too bad. However, the city’s total state and local tax on gasoline is 38.025 cents per gallon, which is the highest gas tax rate on the list.

It’s also a mixed bag when it comes to other local taxes in Boca Raton. There’s a 10% public service tax on electricity (highest rate) and a 6.05% communications services tax (tied for 10th-highest). On the bright side, however, Boca Raton does not have a public service tax on water.

39. Fort Myers

Population (Rank): 79,941 (38th)

County: Lee

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,257

The average property tax rate in Fort Myers is the one of the 10 highest on our list. The 2017 county average rate was $1,080 per $100,000 in home value. Doing the math, that comes to an estimated $2,700 in property taxes owed each year for a $250,000 home.

Sales taxes are low in Fort Myers. The combined state and local rate is only 6.5%, which is tied for the lowest rate in the 50 largest cities and towns in Florida. On the other hand, taxes on gasoline are high in Fort Myers. At 38.025 cents per gallon, the city’s combined state and local gas tax is at the highest gas tax rate on our list.

Public service taxes on electricity and water are high in Fort Myers – 10% each. That’s the highest and second-highest rates in our survey, respectively. The local communications services tax isn’t bad, though. It’s pretty low at only 5.52%.

38. Deerfield Beach

Population (Rank): 80,572 (37th)

County: Broward

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,185

We’re seeing above-average property taxes in Deerfield Beach. The average 2017 property tax bill in the city was $1,022 per $100,000 in home value. That comes out to about $2,555 per year in property taxes on a $250,000 home.

Sales taxes aren’t too bad in Deerfield Beach, though. The combined state and local sales tax rate is 7%, which is the second-lowest rate showing up on our list. But gasoline taxes are high. The combined state and local gas tax in the city is 38.025 cents per gallon, which is the highest gas tax rate you’ll see in our survey.

There’s not much relief for Deerfield Beach residents when it comes to utility taxes, either. The city’s public service tax on electricity is 10% (highest on our list), and the public service tax on water is at 10%, too (second-highest). Fortunately, communications services taxes aren’t too bad – 5.72%. That’s pretty much average for our rankings.

37. Gainesville

Population (Rank): 132,253 (16th)

County: Alachua

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,052

Gainesville is another Florida city with a relatively high average property tax rate at $963 per $100,000 in home value. As a result, the property tax bill for a $250,000 home in the city runs about $2,408 per year. That’s above average.

Gainesville’s combined state and local sales tax rate is below average – only 7% (second-lowest rate in our rankings). On the other hand, the city’s combined state and local gas tax is high – 38.025 cents per gallon (highest gas tax rate on our list).

City residents get hit hard with local utility taxes. The local public service tax on electricity is 10% (highest rate in our rankings). The city’s public service tax on water is also 10% (second-highest in the rankings). Gainesville’s communications services tax is also pretty high. At 6.17%, it’s one of the 10 highest rates for the 50 largest Florida locales.

36. Miami Beach

Population (Rank): 92,319 (29th)

County: Miami-Dade

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $4,029

Given Miami Beach’s reputation as a high cost of living area, you might be a surprised to learn that the average 2017 property tax bill in the city was a reasonable $930 per $100,000 in home value. For our hypothetical couple’s $250,000 home, that adds up to an estimated $2,326 annual tax payment. Still a bit on the high end, but maybe not as steep as you might have guessed.

Local sales taxes are on the low side in Miami Beach. The city’s combined state and local sales tax rate is 7%, which is the second-lowest sales tax rate on our list. Gas taxes are on the high side, though. The combined state and local tax on gasoline in Miami Beach is 36.025 cents per gallon, which is the second-highest gas tax rate for the top 50 Florida cities.

Local electricity and water taxes in Miami Beach are the highest you’ll see in our list. There’s a 10% public service tax on electricity, which is the highest rate in our rankings. The city’s public service tax on water is $1.80 for every 1,000 gallons of water used. That’s the highest water tax rate you’ll see on our list by a fairly wide margin. Fortunately, the local communications services tax isn’t too high. It stands at 5.72%, which is more-or-less average for the cities and towns being ranked.

35. Plantation

Population (Rank): 93,922 (28th)

County: Broward

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $3,971

The 2017 average property tax rate in Plantation was $953 per $100,000 in home value. That’s above average for the Florida cities on our list. If you own a $250,000 home in Plantation, your yearly property tax bill will be about $2,383.

The combined state and local sales tax rate in Plantation is 7%, which is the second-lowest rate imposed by the cities on our list. The city’s combined state and local tax on gasoline is high, though. It’s 38.025 cents per gallon, which is the highest gas tax rate you’ll see here.

There’s a 10% public service tax on electricity in Plantation (highest electricity tax rate on our list), but there is no public service tax on water. The local communications services tax rate is middle-of-the-road at 5.72%.

34. Miami

Population (Rank): 463,354 (2nd)

County: Miami-Dade

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $3,967

Florida’s second-largest city had an average property tax rate in 2017 of $941 per $100,000 of home value. That comes out to $2,353 per year in taxes on a home worth $250,000. That puts Miami’s property tax burden in the “above average” category.

Miami’s sales tax rate is below average, while its gas tax rate is above average. Sales tax in the city is imposed at a 7% rate (combined state and local taxes), which is the second-lowest sales tax rate showing up in our rankings. On the other hand, Miami’s combined state and local tax at the gas pump is the second-highest rate on our list – 36.025 cents per gallon.

Utility taxes are on the high end in Miami. The city’s public service tax on electricity comes in at 10% (highest on our list). The public service tax on water is also 10% (second-highest rate). The city’s communications services tax is average, though, at 5.72%.

33. Pembroke Pines

Population (Rank): 170,703 (11th)

County: Broward

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $3,952

At $926 per $100,000 in home value for 2017, Pembroke Pines has a middle-of-the-pack average property tax rate when compared with Florida’s other large cities and towns. At that rate, if our hypothetical couple owned a $250,000 home in Pembroke Pines, they would pay about $2,315 in taxes each year.

Pembroke Pines is another one of the Florida cities where the sales tax rate is on the low end, while the gas tax rate is on the high end. The city’s combined state and local sales tax rate is 7%, which is the second-lowest sales tax rate in our rankings. However, Pembroke Pine’s combined state and local tax at the gas pump is 36.025 cents per gallon, which is the second-highest gas tax rate in the rankings.

Local utility taxes are steep in Pembroke Pines. First, there’s the city’s 10% public service tax on electricity (highest electricity tax rate on our list). Then there’s the 10% public service tax on water (second-highest water tax rate). Finally, there’s the city’s 5.92% communications services tax, which is above average for the 50 most populous cities and towns in Florida.

32. Alafaya

Population (Rank): 88,496 (33rd)

County: Orange

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $3,941

If you’re buying a home in Alafaya, expect to see an average property tax rate of about $977 per $100,000 in home value (that’s what it was in 2017). If your new home is worth $250,000, that means your annual property tax bill will be about $2,442, which is an above-average amount for our list of the 50 largest cities and towns in Florida.

There’s good news for Alafaya residents when it comes to local sales and gasoline taxes – both are at the lowest levels found in our list. The combined state and local sales tax rate is only 6.5%, while the combined state and local gas tax rate is only 32.025 cents per gallon.

The electricity and water taxes are high in Alafaya, but the communications services tax is quite low. The public service tax on electricity is at a 10% rate, which is the highest tax rate on electric service in our rankings. Likewise, the public service tax for water tax is 10% as well. That’s the second-highest water tax rate found on our list. The communications services tax, however, is only 5.28%, which is tied for the fourth-lowest rate out of the 50 locations we’re covering.

31. Boynton Beach

Population (Rank): 77,704 (40th)

County: Palm Beach

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $3,934

The 2017 average property tax rate in Boynton Beach was $937 per $100,000 in home value. That’s a higher-than-average rate for our list. So, if you own a $250,000 home in Boynton Beach, your property tax bill will come to about $2,343.

Sales and gasoline taxes are mixed in Boynton Beach when compared with the other 50 largest Florida cities and towns. The combined state and local sales tax rate in the city is 7%. That’s the second-lowest sales tax rate on our list. One the other hand, the city’s combined state and local gas tax is 38.025 cents per gallon, which is the highest gas tax rate in our rankings.

Utility taxes are up and down in Boynton Beach, too. The city levies a 10% public service tax on electricity (highest rate on our list), but there are no local public service taxes on water. The city’s communications services tax rate is higher than average at 5.82%.

30. Clearwater

Population (Rank): 115,501 (18th)

County: Pinellas

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $3,923

Clearwater brings us to the Florida cities and towns with an “average” overall local tax burden. The city’s average property tax rate in 2017 was $934 per $100,000 in home value. That’s an average rate for our group of 50 Florida cities. At that rate, the annual property tax on a $250,000 home in Clearwater would be about $2,335.

Both local sales and gasoline tax rates in Clearwater are below the midpoint for our list. The combined state and local sales tax is 7%, which is the second-lowest sales tax rate appearing in our rankings. The combined gas tax is 33.025 cents per gallon, which is the second-lowest gas tax rate you’ll see on our list.

There’s a 10% public service tax on electricity (highest rate on our list) and a 10% public service tax on water (second-highest rate in our rankings) in Clearwater. However, the local communications services tax is only run-of-the-mill at 5.72%.

29. Pompano Beach

Population (Rank): 110,464 (22nd)

County: Broward

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $3,918

Property taxes in Pompano Beach are close to the midpoint for our list of the 50 largest cities and towns in Florida. In 2017, the average rate in the city was $921 per $100,000 in home value. At that rate, our hypothetical couple’s $250,000 home would trigger a tax bill of about $2,304 per year.

The city’s combined state and local sales tax rate is below average – only 7% (second-lowest rate in our rankings). But the combined state and local gas tax in Pompano Beach is high – 38.025 cents per gallon (highest gas tax rate on our list).

It’s a mixed bag for the city’s utility taxes. Pompano Beach has a 10% local public service tax on electricity, which is the highest electricity tax rate on our list. However, the city’s 6% local public service tax on water is the lowest rate in our rankings for localities with a tax on water services. Then there’s the city’s communications services tax, which is in the middle of the pack at 5.72%.

28. Cape Coral

Population (Rank): 183,356 (9th)

County: Lee

Estimated Annual Local Taxes: $3,904

Although Cape Coral is in the middle of the pack in our overall rankings, the city’s property tax rates are in the top third at $974 per $100,000 of home value. If you do the math, that comes out to a $2,435 yearly tax bill for a $250,000 home in the city.

Cape Coral’s high property taxes are offset to a point by its low sales tax. The combined state and local sales tax rate in the city is only 6.5%, which is the lowest sales tax rate in our survey. Gasoline taxes are high, though. The combined state and local gas tax rate in the city is 38.025 cents per gallon, which is the highest gas tax rate on our list.

Low utility tax rates also help to counterbalance Cape Coral’s higher-than-average property taxes. The city’s public service tax on electricity is only 7%, which is the lowest such rate on our list, and the city doesn’t impose a public service tax on water. Plus, the local communications services tax is only 5.52%, which is on the low end for that local tax.

27. Fort Lauderdale

Population (Rank): 180,071 (10th)

County: Broward

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