Why is a tax rate increase needed?

Summit County needs to increase property tax revenues to keep up with inflation and maintain expected service levels in the community. If the County does not increase revenues, services and programs that are supported by the General and Municipal funds will need to be reduced or eliminated in order to adopt a balanced budget. 

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1. What types of services are paid for from the General and Municipal Funds?
2. Will this impact primary and secondary property owners differently?
3. When was the last time Summit County increased property tax revenues?
4. Will residents get to vote on this increase?
5. Why is a tax rate increase needed?
6. How will the community benefit from increased revenues?
7. How long will this increase sustain the County?
8. What will happen if the Council decides not to increase revenues?
9. Are there cost savings we haven’t realized yet? Have we tightened our belts enough?
10. Why is the County looking to raise property tax revenues when open space purchases are being made?