Get to Know Your Property Tax Bill

Second installment property tax bills have been paid, but many people still have lingering questions. It's a complicated process, but we are here to help!

One of the most common questions revolves around the structure of the County's property tax system. To begin, communities set their budget. Everyone from libraries to water reclamation districts to mosquito abatement districts to schools have budgets that are funded by taxes. A community's budget needs are combined with the taxable value of your entire community, as prescribed by the Assessor's office via your assessed value. The taxable value of your home, combined with your community's budget needs, create the local tax rate. The local tax rate is then applied to your property's taxable value and that is the number that you see on your property tax bill.