Usually taxes are high because of schools and other services the town provides. The more and better services the higher the taxes are to pay for it. (not knowing your area) Maybe the area has an unusually high number of kids (or special needs kids) in the schools.
It is also possible that area has a lot of foreclosures and/or other non-tax paying property so they are making up the difference with those who are paying.
If the taxes there are to high consider other places. Sometimes moving a few miles can save $1,000 or more on the tax bill.... more