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  • Counties. Counties receive nearly half of their revenues from the state and federal government and must spend those funds for specific purposes, primarily health and social service programs.
  • Cities and Special Districts. Cities and special districts receive a significant share of their funding from various user charges. Cities and special districts use these funds to pay for electric, water, and other municipal services.
  • Tax Revenues. The property tax is the largest source of local tax revenue for all local governments. Other local taxes—such as sales, hotel, utility, and business taxes—make up about one-fifth of city revenues.


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