Tax Abatement Disclosures in 2018: 100 Largest US Counties

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Updated: 1/6/2020 (fixed three errors)

 

Statement No. 77 on Tax Abatement Disclosures (GASB 77) set forth by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) requires compliant public budgets to report how much revenue the government body loses yearly to economic development tax abatement programs. Good Jobs First tracks these disclosures as part of its mission to promote transparency and accountability.

The total amount of foregone tax revenue for the 56 out of the 100 largest U.S. counties that reported in 2018 is at least $600 million. In contrast to the largest cities, many county governments reported passive revenue losses to agreements entered into by municipal entities. Counties without governments and county-level cities are excluded from this list; combined city and county governments are included. To learn more or report an error, please contact Christine Wen (chris@goodjobsfirst.org).

 

Download the excel spreadsheet of program details for 100 largest counties (xlsx, 47 KB)

 

 

RANK

COUNTY

STATE

2018 POPULATION

AMOUNT OF REVENUE LOSS ($)

1

Los Angeles County

 California

10,105,518

not reported

2

Cook County

 Illinois

5,180,493

11,400,000

3

Harris County

 Texas

4,698,619

178,521

4

Maricopa County

 Arizona

4,410,824

not reported

5

San Diego County

 California

3,343,364

not reported

6

Orange County

 California

3,185,968

not reported

7

Miami-Dade County

 Florida

2,761,581

not reported

8

Dallas County

 Texas

2,637,772

not reported

9

Riverside County

 California

2,450,758

not reported

10

King County

 Washington

2,233,163

11,612,000

11

Clark County

 Nevada

2,231,647

2,310,668

12

San Bernardino County

 California

2,171,603

not reported

13

Tarrant County

 Texas

2,084,931

2,214,000

14

Bexar County

 Texas

1,986,049

2,054,563

15

Broward County

 Florida

1,951,260

0

16

Santa Clara County

 California

1,937,570

not reported

17

Wayne County

 Michigan

1,753,893

31,400,000

18

Alameda County

 California

1,666,753

not reported

19

Philadelphia County

 Pennsylvania

1,584,138

156,802,668

20

Sacramento County

 California

1,540,975

907,000

21

Palm Beach County

 Florida

1,485,941

576,699

22

Suffolk County

 New York

1,481,093

13,265,118

23

Hillsborough County

 Florida

1,436,888

1,541,091

24

Orange County

 Florida

1,380,645

not reported

25

Nassau County

 New York

1,358,343

68,252,000

26

Franklin County

 Ohio

1,310,300

15,500,000

27

Hennepin County

 Minnesota

1,259,428

11,770,718

28

Oakland County

 Michigan

1,259,201

2,334,547

29

Travis County

 Texas

1,248,743

not reported

30

Cuyahoga County

 Ohio

1,243,857

2,993,214

31

Allegheny County

 Pennsylvania

1,218,452

5,861,770‬

32

Salt Lake County

 Utah

1,152,633

not reported

33

Fairfax County

 Virginia

1,150,795

not reported

34

Contra Costa County

 California

1,150,215

not reported

35

Mecklenburg County

 North Carolina

1,093,901

not reported

36

Wake County

 North Carolina

1,092,305

not reported

37

Montgomery County

 Maryland

1,052,567

not reported

38

Fulton County

 Georgia

1,050,114

11,121,000

39

Pima County

 Arizona

1,039,073

not reported

40

Collin County

 Texas

1,005,146

1,194,618

41

St. Louis County

 Missouri

996,945

1,732,860

42

Fresno County

 California

994,400

38,621,000

43

Honolulu County

 Hawaii

980,080

24,492,000

44

Pinellas County

 Florida

975,280

not reported

45

Westchester County

 New York

967,612

not reported

46

Marion County

 Indiana

954,670

2,191,303

47

Milwaukee County

 Wisconsin

948,201

not reported

48

Bergen County

 New Jersey

936,692

file not found

49

Shelby County

 Tennessee

935,764

42,134,289

50

DuPage County

 Illinois

928,589

not reported

51

Gwinnett County

 Georgia

927,781

1,158,229

52

Erie County

 New York

919,719

8,642,003

53

Prince George's County

 Maryland

909,308

4,748,229

54

Kern County

 California

896,764

12,849,000

55

Pierce County

 Washington

891,299

480,057

56

San Francisco County

 California

883,305

not reported

57

Macomb County

 Michigan

874,759

800,087

58

Hidalgo County

 Texas

865,939

5,439,131

59

Denton County

 Texas

859,064

not reported

60

Ventura County

 California

850,967

not reported

61

El Paso County

 Texas

840,758

1,849,126

62

Middlesex County

 New Jersey

829,685

file not found

63

Montgomery County

 Pennsylvania

828,604

not reported

64

Baltimore County

 Maryland

828,431

6,707,000

65

Hamilton County

 Ohio

816,684

5,032,000

66

Snohomish County

 Washington

814,901

550,339

67

Multnomah County

 Oregon

811,880

7,849,000

68

Essex County

 New Jersey

799,767

not reported

69

Oklahoma County

 Oklahoma

792,582

429,105

70

Fort Bend County

 Texas

787,858

1,572,974

71

Jefferson County

 Kentucky

770,517

13,110,493

72

San Mateo County

 California

769,545

not reported

73

Cobb County

 Georgia

756,865

1,615,517

74

DeKalb County

 Georgia

756,558

4,058,126

75

Lee County

 Florida

754,610

not reported

76

San Joaquin County

 California

752,660

not reported

77

Monroe County

 New York

742,474

not reported

78

Denver County

 Colorado

716,492

19,440,000

79

El Paso County

 Colorado

713,856

not reported

80

Polk County

 Florida

708,009

not reported

81

District of Columbia

 District of Columbia

702,455

10,143,000

82

Lake County

 Illinois

700,832

not reported

83

Jackson County

 Missouri

700,307

12,449,321

84

Davidson County

 Tennessee

692,587

6,605,719

85

Will County

 Illinois

692,310

not reported

86

Bernalillo County

 New Mexico

678,701

1,739,802

87

Hudson County

 New Jersey

676,061

not reported

88

Jefferson County

 Alabama

659,300

3,859

89

Kent County

 Michigan

653,786

895,902

90

Arapahoe County

 Colorado

651,215

57,840

91

Tulsa County

 Oklahoma

648,360

1,150,377

92

Bucks County

 Pennsylvania

628,195

not reported

93

Utah County

 Utah

622,213

not reported

94

Monmouth County

 New Jersey

621,354

not reported

95

Ocean County

 New Jersey

601,651

not reported

96

Washington County

 Oregon

597,695

not reported

97

Johnson County

 Kansas

597,555

not reported

98

Brevard County

 Florida

596,849

767,472

99

Montgomery County

 Texas

590,925

2,276,553

100

Jefferson County

Colorado

580,233

763,262

 

Related links:

GASB 77 reporting by the 100 largest cities in 2018

 

 

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