Q:  Why are my taxes so high?

A:    Your tax bill depends on two factors:

    1)     the assessment of your property and

    2)     the amount of money your local taxing districts need to operate during the upcoming year. The assessment on your property is set by local officials and is merely a method of fairly distributing the tax burden among all property owners in your community. The actual dollar amount of property tax you must pay is determined by the amount asked for by your local taxing bodies.

These taxing bodies annually determine the amount needed to pay for the services they provide. Individual tax bills are calculated to produce this total amount.

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