What Does My City Tax Bill Pay For

Where Do My City Tax Dollars Go?
About 31% of your total property tax payment is used to pay for City-provided services. Costs shown are based on a $335,000 home, which was the approximate median assessed value of a Brookfield home for 2015. This home would pay $1,870 for its 2016 City services.

City Services Received


Cost Per Year


Police Protection $399
Fire Protection $308
Public Works
(includes street maintenance, storm sewer maintenance, stormwater facilities, sanitary sewer capital charge from Milwaukee Metro Sewer District, pothole patching, street cleaning, snow removal, street painting, and engineering)
$352


Parks and Recreation
$100
General Government/ Administration
(includes Mayor, City Council, City Attorney, Assessor, Clerk, Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology)
$173
Community Development
(includes Planning, Building Inspection, and Code Enforcement)
$50

Sanitation
(solid waste and recycling collection and disposal)
$92
Brookfield Public Library $102
Debt Service (majority used for Public Works projects)
$224
Other/Unallocated
(includes contingency, mosquito/deer control, and miscellaneous functions)
$70
Total City of Brookfield Government Tax Bill ($335,000 assessed home)
$1,870

Figures are based on department budgets and net property tax levy, as included in the 2016 Adopted City of Brookfield Budget.

How Do The Cost of These City Services Stack Up?
The following are the cost of common goods and services purchased by many households:
Cable TV (digital service)
$840
Cell Phone
$600
Dinner for two "out" once per month
$720
Large Starbucks coffee once per week
$182
Daily newspaper subscription
$312
Broadband (cable modem) internet service
$600

On average, a Brookfield homeowner would spend more annually on cable television and broadband internet service than on the combined cost of police and fire protection, public works services, sanitation, community development, parks and recreation and the Brookfield Public Library.