Come On, Isn't That Why We Pay Taxes?

I have no idea where my taxes are going. How do i get a breakdown?

Well, for one, property tax bills (coming soon, damn it) have a breakdown of how the final tax percentage was arrived at.

but some of the state tax also ends up making its way to services in my region, right?

Your property taxes may include for some local services via direct charges or special assessments like this sample of a SF County tax bill:

City, county, and state all have budgets online. It’ll probably make you angry to see it.

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I mean… i am paying taxes and all, but seeing fire department to charge me for an emergency would Suck.