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What Does My City Tax Bill Pay For
Where Do My City Tax Dollars Go?

About 30% 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 2013. This home would pay $1,853 for its 2014 City services. 
 
   

City Services Received

Cost Per Year

Police Protection

$379

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)


$346

Parks and Recreation

  $97

General Government/ Administration
(includes Mayor, City Council, City Attorney, Assessor, Clerk, Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology)


 $169

Community Development
(includes Planning, Building Inspection, and Code Enforcement)


$49

Sanitation
(solid waste and recycling collection and disposal)


$103

Brookfield Public Library

$103

Debt Service (majority used for Public Works projects)

$227

Other/Unallocated
(includes contingency, mosquito/deer control, and miscellaneous functions)

 $72

Total City of Brookfield Government Tax Bill ($335,000 assessed home)

        $1,853

 
Figures are based on department budgets and net property tax levy, as included in the 2013 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

$480

Dinner for two "out" once per month

$720

Large Starbucks coffee once per week

$182

Daily newspaper subscription

$288

Broadband (cable modem) internet service

$540

 

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.