Local governments are relying more on commercial and rental property taxes to pay for government services.
In 2002, commercial and rental property taxes accounted for 31.8 percent of all local government property tax collections. In 2012, those taxes accounted for 43.3 percent, according to the 2012 Local Government Finance Report, out this week from the state Budget and Control Board.
Here's what that looks like in real money: From 2002 to 2012, commercial and rental property tax collections increased by more than $1 billion.
Meanwhile, vehicle tax collections fell by $71 million and manufacturing property taxes fell by $20 million.
I'm writing a larger story about the report, so look for that later today.