What is a Mil Rate Calculation?

The “mil rate” is the municipal tax rate. Each year during its annual budgetary process, council sets the mil rate based on the total value of property within its jurisdiction to provide the necessary tax revenue to cover projected expenses – roads, water and sewer, emergency services, etc.

The mil rate must be applied uniformly throughout the community, although certain properties, such as churches and schools, are exempt from real property tax. Council may exempt certain property owners from paying property tax. That is why the mil rate is calculated on the total taxable assessment.

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