****! How many acres do you have?? I always thought AZ is pretty cheap state when it comes to land...
Here is an example. I don't know who owns the house, but it is one we looked at buying once some years back so I've been inside. It is an older home, not all that well cared for but in a quiet neighborhood. It is in Corona de Tucson, about 20 miles south of Tucson. It has 1900 sq ft, on 0.25 acres IIRC.
In Sept 2010, it sold for $110K. The asking price was $150K when we looked at it, which is why it was on the market for over a year. The assessed value for 2011 was $156,276 and will drop to $130,666 in 2012. I feel like I ought to mail them a letter on how to challenge their tax assessment, since property values have declined at least 10% since they bought the house - it would probably assess at $100K if they challenged it.
For 2010, their annual property tax was $2,185.39. For 2011, it has dropped to $1,972.18. This on a house they bought for $110K in Sept 2010. That makes the amount I'm paying seem small in comparison, but they may not actually know how much they pay each year - lots of folks don't know if it is part of their mortgage. If they would challenge it, they could get their taxes and monthly payment lower. By lower, I mean down to around $1400/year - if their challenge was approved.
So no, Arizona doesn't have low property taxes. Each county varies, and Pima has uncommonly high taxes because the voters keep voting for more and more spending - mostly on schools. Frankly, I think nearly $2000 on a house that sold for 110K (and is assessed at 150K) is outrageous!
I also was shocked to see that my sister is paying over $1700/year on a house assessed at $130K inside Tucson. IIRC, it is on a 0.17 acre lot!