Why are you always raising taxes?

Orange County raised property taxes only once in the nine years prior to FY 2018-19 (see chart below). The small tax increase (1.27 cents) in FY 2018-19 and the increase in the 2019-20 budget (1.75 cents) are largely related to the bond issues that were approved by voters in November 2016 ($120 million for public schools and $5 million for affordable housing). As more of these funds are released, the county incurs debt service.

An * by a year denotes the county underwent a property revaluation.

Historical property tax rates

Year
Rate
Change
2009-10*85.80(14.00)
2010-1185.800.00
2011-1285.800.00
2012-1385.800.00
2013-1485.800.00
2014-1587.802.00
2015-1687.800.00
2016-1787.800.00
2017-18*83.77(4.03)
2018-1985.041.27
2019-2086.791.75

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1. How does the county budget work?
2. Why does the BOCC provide so much funding to public schools? Isn't that the state's job?
3. How much influence does the Board of Commissioners wield with school budgets?
4. Why are you always raising taxes?
5. How will you spend revenue from the 1/4 cent increase for climate change?
6. Instead of climate change, why doesn't the Board do more to eliminate poverty?
7. What role do the commissioners play in the budget?
8. Why doesn't the county attract more commercial development to reduce the burden on personal property owners?
9. Can the public get involved?