Property taxes are a primary source of revenue for municipalities and are used to finance local programs and services. Each year, municipalities determine the amount of money they need to operate and from this amount, known revenues such as licenses, grants, permits, and user fees are subtracted. The remainder (revenue requirement) is the amount of money the municipality needs to raise through property taxes to provide services for the year. The primary goal is fair and equitable distribution of tax.
The property tax payable is calculated by multiplying your taxable property assessment by the tax rate. The tax rate is determined by dividing the total revenue by the total assessment base of the municipality.