Why do we have property tax?

Properties are appraised for ad valorem tax purposes in order to have schools, fire, police protection, trash collection and other public benefits. The property tax is designed to distribute the tax burden in proportion to the amount of money our individual properties are worth.

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1. Why do we have property tax?
2. What is the authority given by state to conduct reassessments?
3. What is the definition of market value?
4. How is property appraised?
5. Why do assessed values change each reassessment?
6. How can a change be made without an interior inspection?
7. Do you have to let the assessor in when an inspection is requested?
8. How can my assessment change if I haven't done anything to my property?
9. Why do some properties increase more than other properties?