By Dick Rylander
So where does your property tax money really go? When I filed to run for the County Council District 5 position, I started to dig into the county budget and expenses.
As I’ve talked to people, I get the impression that many think the county is swimming in money and has a lot of fat. Some ask what can be done to reduce costs and taxes. Today, I would like to share what I’ve learned so far.
Let’s start by looking at a breakdown of the projected 2021 distribution of property tax dollars. This pie chart does a good job showing the flow of money. Let’s take a look and then analyze the data. (If you want to watch the 2021 presentation made to the County Council click this link.) Specifically, the following pie chart is discussed starting at about minute 36: