Property taxes are not used to fund the golf course or water park. Both the golf course and water park operate like businesses. Each pays for their operational expenses and debt service through the revenue they generate by admissions and the sale of food and merchandise. This year, for the first time in its 25 year history, NRH2O’s season was cut short due to the pandemic and the park received a loan from the city’s reserves to cover some expenses. The water park will repay the loan back to the reserve fund over the next few years.
Since 1992, the development and maintenance of the city’s parks and trail system has been funded primarily through the voter approved ½-cent sales tax for park development and more than $14 million in grants.
When it comes to the property taxes you pay, more than half of your overall tax bill is paid to the school district, 23% goes to county agencies and 22% goes to the city. This year, the average NRH homeowner will pay $1,189.66 in property taxes to the city. The graphic to the right shows how that payment is distributed to provide your city services.