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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Perception that Troy is a heavily taxed city? Wrong.

The perception that Troy is a high-taxing city is really just propaganda that people pick up in the TCU-scented Troy air.
But look at the data. Troy's millage was at 15 in 1973 and has slowly DECREASED over the years to 9.28, where it is today. Only problem is, as we go through all of these recession-related revenue problems, that leaves us at the third LOWEST millage rate in Oakland County. 


City of Troy  City Only Millage Rate 
 Year   Mills 
 2009  9.2800 
 2008  9.2800 
 2007  9.2800 
 2006  9.4300 
 2005  9.4500 
 2004  9.4500 
 2003  9.4500 
 2002  9.4500 
 2001  9.4800 
 2000  9.4800 
 1999  9.4800 
 1998  9.4800 
 1997  9.4800 
 1996  9.4800 
 1995  9.1800 
 1994  9.2500 
 1993  9.2500 
 1992  9.2700 
 1991  9.2900 
 1990  9.3300 
 1989  9.7000 
 1988  10.5500 
 1987  10.7100 
 1986  10.2100 
 1985  10.2100 
 1984  10.2100 
 1983  10.2100 
 1982  10.8500 
 1981  10.8500 
 1980  10.8500 
 1979  13.2000 
 1978  13.4000 
 1977  13.7000 
 1976  13.2000 
 1975  12.9000 
 1974  13.0000 
 1973  15.0000   

2 comments:

  1. The TCU folks have a severe case of tax anorexia. No matter how low the tax rate is, it will be too high for them. No matter how drastic the cuts to city government, to the point of being unsustainable according to the ICMA report, they will see a bloated organization. Just like an anorexic looking in the mirror and seeing fat where there is skin and bones, they are having mental delusions.

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  2. There is no mental delusion going on. People are looking at what they PAY in taxes. not the millage rate. They are seeing that they pay a lot, and consequently don't want to pay more. The idea that we have the 'lowest rate' around is not the whole equation. It's the rate times value that determines what people pay.

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