State and local governments pulled in their biggest-ever tax haul in the fourth quarter as they leaned on property tax collections to help recoup shortfalls in other types of revenue.

States and localities collected $360.1 billion in taxes in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the Census Bureau, a 0.8% increase over the fourth quarter of 2008 and the biggest total since the government started tracking collections in the early 1960s.

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