Property Tax Capitalization within a National Historic District versus Property Tax Capitalization outside that National Historic District: Another Application of the Tiebout Hypothesis

Richard J. Cebula, Maggie Foley, Robert Houmes


This study study has two objectives. First, it seeks to apply a hedonic pricing model to determine whether, in the spirit of Tiebout (1956), Oates (1969), and Tullock (1971), property taxes have been capitalized into the prices of single family homes located within in the Savannah Historic Landmark District in Savannah, Georgia. A total of 593 home sales over the 2000-2005 period are considered, with the housing prices and the property tax expressed in 2005 dollars. Second,this study seeks to apply that very same model to prices of some 1908 single family homes within the metropolitan Savannah area but outside the Savannah Historic Landmark District. Estimating the model in semi-log form, after allowing for a variety of housing characteristics, reveals that the natural log of the real sales price of single-family houses within the Savannah Historic Landmark District as well as those outside the Savannah Historic Landmark District were in fact negatively affected by the city and county property tax level.

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