The chief sources of revenue are taxes on realty, personalty and corporations, a poll-tax, and licences.
The revenues of the several states, and of minor governmental areas within them, are mainly derived from a general property tax, laid directly upon realty and personalty.
Realty values rose ten-fold in 1849.
Louis took the equivalent of 25% of the assessed value of the city's realty and personalty.
In the intervening period the assessed valuation of realty in Boston increased more than 100%, while that of personalty slightly diminished (the corresponding figures for the entire United States from 1860 to 1890 being 172% and 12%), yet the most competent business and expert opinions regarded the true value of personalty as at least equal to and most likely twice as great as that of realty.