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One of the most common interactions you may have with Wake County Government is through the payment of property taxes. If you reside in one of Wake County's 16 cities or towns, your municipal property taxes are included in the property tax bill you receive from Wake County.

Tax Rates & Fee Charts

Current Year to 2008

2007 and Prior

In addition to County and municipal tax, your tax bill may also include the following: 

  • Recycling Fees – Charged per living unit on the property. A single-family home would normally have one living unit, whereas a duplex would have two.

  • Fire District Tax – A rate charged in addition to County and/or municipal taxes if the property is located in a fire tax district.

  • Special District Tax – A rate charged in addition to County and/or municipal taxes if the property is located in a special district designated by legislation. This is normally a downtown area.

  • Municipal Fees – Various fees assessed by the towns. Example: Stormwater assessment

  • Vehicle Fee – Charged annually for motor vehicles located within a municipality.

    Current Year to 2008        2007 and Prior

How to Calculate Taxes

Tax rates are calculated against each $100 in value.

Example 1

A single-family home with a value of $200,000. The property is located in the City of Raleigh but not a Fire or Special District.

County rate = .615 Raleigh rate = .4253 Combined Rate = 1.0403 Recycling Fee = $20

  • Property value divided by 100: $200,000/100 = 2,000
  • 2,000 x .1.0403 = $2,080.60
  • Plus $20 Recycling fee = $2,100.60 estimated annual tax

Example 2

A motor vehicle with a value of $8,500. The property is not located in a municipality but is in a Fire District.

County rate = .615 Fire District rate = .096 Combined Rate = .7110
(No vehicle fee is charged if the property is not in a municipality)

  • Property value divided by 100: $8,500/100 = $85
  • $85 x .711= $60.44 estimated annual tax



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