Finance Department & Taxes

Q. How is my house assessed?

A. This answer can be found on the Property Assessment page.

Q. Why are my taxes so high? Why do they increase each year?

A. Each year the City prepares a budget which determines the amount of Property Tax dollars that needs to be collected in order to provide Municipal Services to our residents. The services that each department provides is outlined in the Budget Document (PDF). The total amount of property taxes required to fund these services is then divided up between all the taxable assessment in the City. Therefore, if you are a homeowner or business owner, the assessed value of your property will determine what share of the required revenue is your responsibility to pay. Our budget engagement tool, Citizen Budget, is released each Fall and residents are encouraged to participate.