In the most recent National Citizen Survey, Dublin was one of 12 communities with the highest-rated services, according to a representative sample of residents, and had a service quality rating that was in the top three among all eligible jurisdictions across the country.

In the most recent National Citizen Survey, Dublin was one of 12 communities with the highest-rated services, according to a representative sample of residents, and had a service quality rating that was in the top three among all eligible jurisdictions across the country.

Based on the results of the survey, the International City/County Management Association honored Dublin with nine Voice of the People Awards for Excellence.

We are quite proud of these awards, especially since they are based on the opinions of our residents.

We recognize that the quality of life we enjoy in Dublin is one of the top reasons that residents choose to live here.

We are able to provide our highly rated service through our largest funding source, which is income tax collection.

Income tax revenues are allocated 75 percent to the General Fund and 25 percent to the Capital Improvements Tax Fund.

Currently, income tax accounts for 67 percent of the City's revenue stream.

Coming in at a distant second are charges for services, which account for 10 percent of the City's funding.

Dublin, like most Central Ohio cities, collects a 2 percent income tax on gross wages, salaries and other personal service compensation, as well as on the net profits of Dublin businesses.

Since more than 75 percent of Dublin residents work outside the city of Dublin, the majority of the income tax received by the city is from non-residents.

It's often a misconception the city receives a great deal of its funding from property taxes.

In fact, at 2 percent of the total property tax collection, the city receives roughly the same percentage as the Franklin County General Fund, the Columbus Zoo & Metro Parks, Central Ohio Joint Vocational Schools and Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health Services.

Property taxes account for 3 percent of the city's revenue sources and consist of two parts: inside and outside millage. Inside millage refers to the millage that is inside the 10-mill limit as established by Ohio law and does not require voter approval.

Outside millage is voter-approved and the most significant portion of the millage assessed. Voter-approved millage is 91.2 percent of the total effective millage.

Dublin voters have the opportunity to authorize additional property taxes for the township, county, schools and other agencies during elections.

Meanwhile, income tax collections are largely based on the state of the economy.

In 2012, Dublin income tax collections totaled $75.4 million, an increase of nearly 5.3 percent over the previous year.

We continue to work hard to strengthen and diversify our commercial base to maintain the fiscal well-being of our City. And, we will continue to deliver top-quality municipal services, invest in capital improvements like parks and new roadways, and maintain existing public infrastructure, which benefit our residents and businesses alike.

Angel Mumma, Dublin's director of finance, submitted the City Notes column. To learn more about your local taxes, visit www.DublinOhioUSA. gov/finance or request our new brochure -- A Resident's Guide to Understanding Local Taxes -- by calling Dublin City Hall at 614-410-4400.