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The total market value of real estate in Altonville has steadily declined over the past four years. This decline has meant that the overall figure on which the city’s property tax is based—the assessed value of that real estate—has also declined. The percentage of assessed value that was paid as property taxes to the city, however, did not change from year to year during this period. The information above most strongly supports which of the following?

A. The percentage of Altonville’s yearly revenue that comes from money collected in property taxes did not change over the past four years.
B. The percentage of Altonville’s yearly revenue that comes from money collected in property taxes has declined steadily over the past four years.
C. The amount of revenue that Altonville collected from property taxes was lower last year than it was four years ago.
D. During the past four years, Altonville officials increased tax rates on other sources of revenue such as retail sales and business profits.
E. Altonville will soon require property owners to pay a higher percentage of the assessed value of their property as property tax.

What's the reasoning behind C?
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10 Nov 2011, 22:38
We know that the assessed value of that real estate-has also declined, but the percentage of assessed value that was paid as property taxes to the city did not change.
We can conclude that total amount of revenue collected from properties has declined.

Which option did you choose?
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11 Nov 2011, 00:56
We know that the assessed value of that real estate-has also declined, but the percentage of assessed value that was paid as property taxes to the city did not change.
We can conclude that total amount of revenue collected from properties has declined.

Which option did you choose?

You are right.

Initially i choose B. Eliminated C altogether thinking it is comparing last year with that of the 4 year period.

But ultimately C wins.
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11 Nov 2011, 01:57
Can you please explain why C and not A?
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11 Nov 2011, 20:59
why not A?

Can anyone justify plz?
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13 Nov 2011, 01:04
I chose C. I met this question once. I can explain simply that value of real estate decrease, tax remain. Decrease value x remain tax = revenue from tax of real estate. Reduce
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The total market value of real estate in Altonville has steadily declined over the past four years. This decline has meant that the overall figure on which the city’s property tax is based—the assessed value of that real estate—has also declined. The percentage of assessed value that was paid as property taxes to the city, however, did not change from year to year during this period. The information above most strongly supports which of the following?

A. The percentage of Altonville’s yearly revenue that comes from money collected in property taxes did not change over the past four years.
B. The percentage of Altonville’s yearly revenue that comes from money collected in property taxes has declined steadily over the past four years.
C. The amount of revenue that Altonville collected from property taxes was lower last year than it was four years ago.
D. During the past four years, Altonville officials increased tax rates on other sources of revenue such as retail sales and business profits.
E. Altonville will soon require property owners to pay a higher percentage of the assessed value of their property as property tax.

What's the reasoning behind C?

how to handle this type of questions. can someone advise.

It is always painful for me to handle this type of (num vs. percentage ) questions in exam.

P.S: I read powerscore bible notes on num vs. percentage topic (large percentage doesn't mean large num or small percentage doesn't mean small num)
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