Tax Bill

How to Read Your Tax Bill

Navigating your property tax bill can be confusing. What do the various sections mean? Take a look at the explanation, below, for a clear description of what the numbers mean. 

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Budget News

2016 State Legislative Program

Municipality of Anchorage, 2016 State Legislative Program (State Fiscal Year 2017)

2016 State Legislative Program (pdf)


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Anchorage Innovates

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz wants to know what Anchorage thinks about Anchorage - and announces the creation of a new place for the Mayor to receive feedback, comments, questions, and concerns.

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How Are Property Taxes Calculated?

Property Taxes levied in Anchorage are approved by the Assembly.

A property tax is an ad valorem tax, which means it is based on the value of the taxable property.   Taxpayers pay a flat rate per dollar value of taxable property that they own. The flat rate, called a mill levy or mill rate, is $1.00 of tax per $1,000 of assessed value.

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Five major service areas

What are Service Areas?

The Municipality’s Charter requires that our local government operate under a service area concept, which means that residents in particular areas vote to approve taxes to pay for service(s) from the Municipality.

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Helpful terminology

The appropriation level for funds (or service areas). Function cost is calculated as follows: Direct + Intragovernmental - Intragovernmental = Function Costi.  The function cost of a particular fund is the sum of the function costs of all budget units assigned to the fund. The Assembly appropriates a fund's function costs for the fiscal year.

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