No. 2 - Economy
After an economic drought, 2012 saw an increase in commercial construction in the lakes area.
In Baxter, property tax collection from “new commercial construction” rose from $9.6 million in 2005 to $25.5 million in 2006. But with the Great Recession, numbers began dropping and were cut in half from $13.9 million in 2009 to $6.4 million in 2010. By 2012, the number plummeted to $282,200.
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