Why would taxing entities/jurisdictions want to increase revenue?

A jurisdiction does not only increase revenue to provide new services; they often need to increase property tax revenue to provide the same level of service as the year before.

While this new revenue neutral law (Senate Bill 13) is an important step for budget transparency, it does not take inflation into account. As property values are rising, so are the cost of goods and services.

To provide residents with the same (or better) level of service, it costs more. Taxing entities often "exceed revenue neutral" and use a modest increase in revenue to help pay for things like the increased cost of goods and/or services - like asphalt for streets, mowing services, and other community priorities.

If an entity were to stay revenue neutral every year, they would have to provide this year's services, with this year's prices, on last year's budget.

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1. What is Revenue Neutral?
2. What is the Revenue Neutral Rate (RNR)?
3. Why would taxing entities/jurisdictions want to increase revenue?
4. Will my property taxes increase as much as my appraised value increased?
5. What is the Estimated Tax Notice Information?
6. Why are we letting you know about the taxpay notification form and RNR?
7. What exactly will be on the taxpayer notification form?