Hi Paula, Thank you for the question, and it is a good one (highly debated!). Though Bridgeport has a higher Mill Rate (figure used to calculate taxes), than the surrounding towns, you'd be surprised to know that the actual dollar figure per square footage isn't much different than the towns in the area, and most times are comparable or less than surrounding towns. If you look at a 1,500sqft home in one of Bridgeport's prime neighborhoods and compare to a 1,500sqft home in Stratford, the dollar figure per year would be similar. 1,500sqft in Fairfield will actually give you a higher yearly tax number. The difference is that the property value in surrounding towns are much higher so their Mill Rates are lower. Where in Bridgeport the property values are lower than the surrounding towns, making the Mill Rate higher. Because Bridgeport is Connecticut's largest city, surrounded by some of the countries most affluent towns, there some times is a negative contributed to the Mill Rate. However, inside the property taxes of Bridgeport are some positives. For example: In Bridgeport, the weekly garbage collection is a part of the property tax system (in Fairfield, it's paid separate). In Bridgeport, the public school system offers free breakfast and lunch for students (in surrounding towns, it's an added expense). In Bridgeport, there is no charge to compete in high school sports (some surrounding towns have fees), and there are other similar examples. Bridgeport also houses a bigger infrastructure than surrounding towns (police, fire department, etc...). I will contest that you will hear many different cases, however, I hope the above shines some light!