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The combined (state, county, and city) property tax rate for a Bowie resident is $1.6800 per $100 of assessed value for fiscal year 2020. This is down from the 2005 rate of $1.7063. While the Bowie property tax rate has been stable for the last ten years, residents may have seen their tax bills increase due to higher property assessments and the fact that Prince George’s County raised its property tax rate by $.04 in fiscal year 2020. Property assessments are developed by the State of Maryland and are based on market rates.
Attend one of the public meetings (usually on Monday night) and make commentsto City Council during the Citizen Participation period.
The State of Maryland has increased the Bay Restoration Fee that appears on your water bill and these funds are sent to the State.
Bowie is on a "pay as you go" model, meaning that we do not spend funds that we do not have or were not budgeted. We have specific debt policies which guide our City Council. Bowie enjoys a AAA credit rating.
If necessary, the tax rate may be increased.
Fees are charged to participants, but in order to keep the fees low, the City provides additional funding out of the general fund. The City provided the initial funds to build the Gymnasium. The City will be funding the construction of the new IcePlex, and the City pays for the maintenance of the Ice Arena and Gymnasium.