Property tax is the realm of local county/city governments not state government and is very reasonable. A $100K value assessed residential home in Nashville/Davidson county has property taxes that are a touch less than $1,000/year. It is certainly cheaper in the outlying counties including Williamson County Tennessee which is included the Forbes Magazine listing of Top 25 Richest counties in the USA.
The state certainly has other taxes on business, corporations, vehicle license
plates & registration
(tax), gasoline tax for roads, Federal government for handouts and other avenues of revenue as do many other states.
Point is our retail economy is based upon commerce and the transaction of business. You buy something you pay sales tax. Don't want to pay sales tax? That's fine don't buy anything! You do have a choice!
Why would you want a tax system based upon income?
Income for most folks for the last 10 years has been flat or going down based upon all the news reporting. Those folks still find a way to BUY things and pay sales tax. The credit card companies say that total national credit card debt in the USA amounts to $15K for every person in the USA. Why would anyone have credit card debt? Simple. They spend "Mo Money" than they make therefore they have credit card debt.
With the AVERAGE family of 4 income in Tennessee at about $45k that means the average family with $15K worth of credit card debt has SPENT 30+% "Mo Money" than they make and the State of Tennessee benefits from their poor money management by collecting sales tax on the additional 30% of spending that they would not collect with an income tax.
I am not trying to convince anyone of anything just to illustrate how successful the taxation of sales versus income is for the State of Tennessee and the operation of our state government. We ain't broke like a LOT of states in the good ole USA!