Have my overall property tax rates been raised recently?

The combined (state, county, and city) property tax rate for a Bowie resident is $1.6960 per $100 of assessed value for fiscal year 2024. This is up from the 2023 rate of $1.6860. While the Bowie property tax rate has been stable for the last thirteen years, residents may have seen their tax bills increase due to higher property assessments and the fact that Prince George’s County raised its property tax rate by $.04 in fiscal year 2016. Property assessments are developed by the State of Maryland and are based on market rates.

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1. Have my overall property tax rates been raised recently?
2. What is the City's financial year?
3. What is the City's budget calendar?
4. How does the City fund its budget?
5. As a citizen, how can I make comments about the budget or proposed projects or services for the City to consider?
6. What does Bowie spend my local tax money on?
7. What happens to the revenue from the speed camera tickets?
8. How does the City cover the cost of capital improvements?
9. I get my water through WSSC and am not on the Bowie Water System. Do my taxes subsidize the Bowie Water Plant and capital improvements for the water system?
10. Does Bowie need to borrow funds to meet its regular financial obligations?
11. How does the City pay for adding new municipal services or unexpected expenses?
12. Does the City Council incorporate environmentally friendly policies in its annual budget?
13. As a taxpayer in Bowie, do I also have to pay for the Prince George's County Police Department?
14. Who pays for the local fire department?
15. The City owns and operates the Ice Arena and City Gymnasium. Who covers the cost of these facilities?