Have my overall property tax rates been raised recently?

To the contrary. The combined (state, county, and city) property tax rate for a Bowie resident is $1.6820 per $100 of assessed value for fiscal year 2019, which is down from the 2005 rate of $1.7063. While the Bowie property tax rate has been stable for the last nine 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 2019. 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 propose 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 do we 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 do we 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?