Mostly this is a function of how much people are willing to spend to live in that area: If they are used to being gouged by their County, then the local government continues to get away with it.
But it is also a matter of how well-run the local government is.
Until fairly recently; corrupt or incompetent officials could get away with anything: But inept is harder to weed-out, and tougher still, to do anything about.
We are forced to assume that those people know what they are doing, because they were qualified to get elected or appointed; not necessarily so.
Property taxes are usually raised when they need more money. period.
Probably the main difference between Plano and Murphy is where the taxes come from.
In Plano you do have a lot of retail which can help, virtually none in Murphy.
It's nice to me that you have a variety of places to raise taxes, not just from the residents.
In some ways it is even better if you can get them from people outside your community....
Like Oklahoma who has all the Texas gamblers crossing the border.
Or at the airport where they charge huge fees to people renting cars.
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