How are property taxes determined?

Property taxes do not have a set rate like income or sales taxes. With property taxes, taxing jurisdictions determine the dollar amount to raise from property taxes. This is called the “levy.” The levy is divided by the total value of the property in the taxing jurisdiction, the “tax base,” to arrive at a tax rate. The tax rate is multiplied by the value of each individual parcel to determine each parcel’s share of property taxes.

Property tax rate calculation

Property taxes due calculation

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1. How are property taxes determined?
2. Why did my real estate value increase so much?
3. If my value went up 20%, will my tax go up 20%?
4. Does an increase in property value mean the government will get more money?
5. What should I do if I feel my assessed market value or classification are incorrect?