I think 'censi passivi' must be some sort of tax, but can anybody elaborate?

The original sentence (in a list of sums of money spent) is:

Item paga per censi passivi per denari pigliati ad interesse sin oggi per diversi bisogni

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    Can you provide us with some more context? What text is this excerpt taken from? May 18, 2015 at 10:45
  • Seconded, some context would help. That sentence looks like it has been machine-translated to me. Grammatically it makes little sense and it mixes words from different registers (I'd never say "censi" and "pigliati" in the same sentence, the former is very formal/bureaucratical and the latter sounds colloquial). May 18, 2015 at 11:42
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    @FedericoPoloni I think it is from an old text, like the other sentences the OP has asked in other questions. May 18, 2015 at 12:05

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  • Patrimonio, ricchezza sottoposti a tributo: famiglia di alto, di basso c.

  • estens. Tributo pagato allo Stato in proporzione ai propri averi

    • Censo refers to the property (real estate and other income generating assets you own) on which taxes are levied by the State and also the taxes paid on those assets.
  • With that respect, censi passivi refers to taxes/interest that must be paid on that specific asset.

Censo used with the meaning explained above is dated.

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