We are within weeks of final public hearings and final
actions on municipal budgets across the state.
One of the ways decisions about taxes and fees are reported
is to translate the millage rate or fee amount into a percentage change. This
is perfectly reasonable; it’s a way of gaining a sense of proportion related to
But these proportions can be . . . well, out of proportion
when isolated from the overall financial picture.
A simple hypothetical makes the point.