Alabama Taxes Ranked Among Lowest

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Acting state finance director Bill Newton says Alabama's total state and local tax collections per person ranked lowest among the 50 states in fiscal years 2005 through 2007.

But Alabama's tax collections rose 3.8 percent from 2007 to 2008, while South Carolina's dropped 4.6 percent.

Jim Williams, executive director of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, based at Samford University, said the recession's effects on tax collections hit South Carolina sooner than Alabama.

A Birmingham News review of a recent Census Bureau report on taxes and state population estimates shows that Alabama's state and local governments collected $3,002 per person in the 2008 fiscal year.