Who determines my property tax?

There are three entities that have a role in determining your property tax. The State Legislature establishes property classes and class rates, the state determines levels of state aid to local units of government, sets the amount of homestead credit, sets the State Tax Rate and mandates unfunded programs to local government. Local units of government determine their tax levy amount. The county assessor assigns each property a market value estimate and property use classification as provided by state statute. The property tax is the result of actions taken by all three entities (the State Legislature, Local Governments and the County Assessor).

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1. How are my Real Estate taxes determined?
2. Why has my value gone up?
3. Who is my Appraiser?
4. What is Estimated Market Value (EMV) and how does the assessor determine it?
5. Are Property Estimated Market Valuation increases limited to 15%?
6. Can my Estimated Market Value change even if the assessor has not been inside my property?
7. How can I judge the accuracy and fairness of my value and classification?
8. Does the Estimated Market Value increase at the same rate on all properties?
9. What is a Property Identification Number (PIN)?
10. What is a Special Assessment?
11. Who determines my property tax?
12. Why is the amount of taxes on my tax statement I received in March/April different than what was shown on the Notice of Proposed Taxes that I received in November?
13. Will my Estimated Market Value go up if I repair my property?