In the small town where I come from with a population of about 2,200 full-time residents, the place to go is the Townhall and to attend the budget committee meetings in the town in which you reside. Begin by asking for a comparative analysis of the town budget line by line over the past 3 to 5 years in order that you can spot trends in what's taking place. Most towns and I would assume cities have two primary budgets. The first is the town or city budget and the second is the school budget. In our particular case, the school budget is twice the size of the town but this is not necessarily unusual in smaller towns. If you come from a larger city, the information may still be obtainable but you may have to search for this information and a good place to start would be with the city treasurer's office. Most importantly, take the time to attend the budget committee meetings of the city or town, which very few people attend which actually baffles me. However, the information you're looking for is available in terms of the actual numbers for the past few years and this may give you an idea of the trends in what may become your taxes in the future. Good luck
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