Are sales taxes in a death spiral?

The latest Hub Sheet had an article discussing how property taxes have been rising very sharply, much faster than inflation. Rising property taxes are a frequent concern with homeowners, especially those that have paid off their house and are living on a fixed income. But there’s an interesting trend going along with it: sales tax revenues are beginning to crater, dropping from 32.33% of total state tax receipts in 2000 to 30.10% in 2013. Is this just a small blip on the radar or should states and cities get used…