What is a Tax Roll?

A tax roll is a list of taxable property in a city, county, state or other taxing authority.

How Does a Tax Roll Work?

For example, let's assume that the city of Investon has 1,500 residents. About 750 of those residents own property within the city limits, and the total value of the property is $10,000,000. The tax roll lists each piece of property and its tax appraisal.

If the city's property tax rate is $0.08 per $1,000 of value, then the city should receive about $800,000 in property taxes for the year. These taxes fund the local school, fire and police districts.

Why Does a Tax Roll Matter?

Tax rolls disclose the taxable value of all the property in the taxing authority's jurisdiction. The tax roll generally lists the owner of each piece of property, a description of the property and other details that affect the property's assessed value. As you can imagine, the size of the tax roll determines the amount of revenue a taxing authority takes in each year.

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