|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 14 cities or towns, your municipal property taxes are included in the property tax bill you receive from Wake County.
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 licensed motor vehicles located within a municipality.
VIEW TAX RATE & FEE CHARTS: Current Year to 2003 2002 and Prior
How to Calculate Taxes
Tax rates are calculated against each $100 in value.
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 = .534 Raleigh rate = .3826 Combined Rate = .9166 Recycling Fee = $20
- Property value divided by 100: $200,000/100 = 2,000
- 2,000 x .9166 = $1,833.20
- Plus $20 Recycling fee = $1,853.20 estimated annual tax
A licensed motor vehicle with a value of $8,500. The property is not located in a municipality but is in a Fire District.
County rate = .534 Fire District rate = .08 Combined Rate = .614
(No vehicle fee is charged if the property is not in a municipality)
- Property value divided by 100: $8,500/100 = $85
- $85 x .614 = $52.19 estimated annual tax