Property Tax Fairness
From the Center for Municipal Finance
For Transparency & Equity in Property Assessments, we have developed a R package. This package analyzes the accuracy of property assessments and produces graphs, tables, and reports designed for general use. This package is produced by the Center for Municipal Finance, a research institute at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago.
For R code replication, please follow the below steps:
Install the package and load it.
# install.packages("devtools") devtools::install_github("cmf-uchicago/cmfproperty")
To conduct our study, we need data where every roll is a unique property’s sale price and assessed value for a given year.
head(cmfproperty::example_data) #> PIN SALE_YEAR SALE_PRICE ASSESSED_VALUE #> 1 17273100931118 2015 53000 33860 #> 2 18013090421010 2018 80000 60390 #> 3 12111190201042 2018 118000 108300 #> 4 13093160601015 2017 125500 87200 #> 5 14322110150000 2018 3705000 3670740 #> 6 27021200080000 2016 345000 267280
Then, preprocess your data with
reformat_data and call
make_report. The report from the example below can be found here.
df <- cmfproperty::example_data ratios <- cmfproperty::reformat_data( df, sale_col = "SALE_PRICE", assessment_col = "ASSESSED_VALUE", sale_year_col = "SALE_YEAR", ) cmfproperty::make_report(ratios, jurisdiction_name = "Cook County, Illinois", output_dir = "~/../Documents/GitHub/cmf-uchicago.github.io/") #output_dir is the directory in which report is saved; default is working directory
For a more replications and detailed guide on how to use this package, check out our Get started page.
Please click the desired counties (cities) below for the data and source codes.
Our example_data has 4 variables: PIN, SALE_YEAR, SALE_PRICE, ASSESSED_VALUE. There are many variables in our dataset and in county reports, below are some most frequently appeared variables. The others can be found in the respective report and here.
Sales Ratio: The relationship between assessments and sale prices is regressive if less valuable homes are assessed at higher rates (relative to the value of the home) than more valuable homes.
CDO: Coefficient of Dispersion. The COD is a measure of assessment uniformity, or horizontal equity. It is the average absolute percentage difference from the median sales ratio.
PRD: Price-Related Differential. The PRD is a measure of regressivity, or vertical equity. A PRD of 1 indicates that homes are assessed at the same rate regardless of their sale price. A PRD greater than 1 indicates that less expensive homes are assessed at higher rates than more expensive homes, while a PRD less than 1 represents the opposite situation.
PRB: Coefficient of Price-Related Bias. The PRB is another quantitative measure of regressivity (vertical equity) which is an alternative to the PRD. PRB is a measure of how much assessed values change as a property’s market value increases.