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In the past, Prince George’s County provided police coverage for Bowie. This changed when Bowie voted to start its own police force in 2005. The City Police Department is fully funded by the City’s general fund. However, the department receives State and County funding to offset its expenditures. The department continues to work in partnership with the Prince George’s County Police Department. This partnership includes sharing training opportunities, joint initiatives, and information sharing.
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The combined (state, county, and city) property tax rate for a Bowie resident is $1.6760 per $100 of assessed value for fiscal year 2021. This is down from the 2020 rate of $1.6800. While the Bowie property tax rate has been stable for the last eleven 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 2020. Property assessments are developed by the State of Maryland and are based on market rates.
The City does not pay for the Fire Department. This function is handled by the County and paid with County taxes. The City provides a contribution, usually over $200,000 a year, to the Volunteer Fire Department for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining equipment.
Fees are charged to participants, but in order to keep the fees low, the City provides additional funding out of the general fund to cover the cost of the Gymnasium and Ice Arena.