On Monday, Nov. 18, the Arlington City Council approved keeping the city’s portion of the 2020 property tax collection at the 2019 level. With this decision, the city will collect the same amount of funding from the city’s portion of the property tax in 2020 as in 2019 from existing homes and businesses.

The city of Arlington uses property tax to provide essential services such as police, fire protection, EMS services, and roads. Property tax collections will stay at this same amount, except for the property tax to be collected from new buildings that were occupied during 2019.

In making the recommendation to keep property taxes at 2019 levels to the City Council, Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert stated “I am pleased that our financial plan is working well and we can pass the savings in terms of tax relief to our residents and businesses. City Administrator Paul Ellis echoed Mayor Tolbert’s comment, noting that “the city can continue to meet its obligations while operating within its means.”

Mayor Pro Tem Marilyn Oertle, expressing her pleasure at making the motion, stating “It hasn’t been very often that we have been able to make the decision to keep property tax collections at the same level. I am appreciative of the city staff’s efforts to keep costs in check so we can approve decisions like this.”


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