Why Do We Pay Property Tax?
Local governments collect property taxes to provide for the services most of us take for granted. Schools, police and fire protection, roads and bridges, EMS, water and sewer systems, the judicial system, and public libraries are financed through revenue from the property tax. A review of your most recent tax bill shows a detailed breakdown of how and where your tax dollars go. We are all asked to pay a share of the cost of these services by paying tax in proportion to the value of our property. Real property taxes are paid by owners of land, mobile homes, and buildings, including homeowners, landlords, business owners, and industries. Property taxes are based on the market value of the land and buildings as of December 31st of the preceding year. For example, the tax bill you receive every fall is based on property values and construction that existed on December 31, 2012.

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1. Why Do We Pay Property Tax?
2. Where Does The Property Tax Revenue Go?
3. Why Have Reappraisal?
4. How Is Reappraisal Done?
5. How Will I Be Advised Of My 2013 Reappraisal Change?
6. How Can I Be Sure My Reappraisal Is Fair And Correct?
7. Will My Taxes Increase Because Of Reappraisal?