For decades the City of Rogers has felt a disproportionate impact from the Metropolitan Fiscal Disparities program (“Fiscal Disparities). This is a mandatory tax base sharing program whereby a portion of the Rogers tax base has been contributed to a Metropolitan pool to be used by other communities, with the large majority of those dollars leaving Rogers permanently. Rogers has lost 15-20% of its tax base annually to the program on a net basis. This amounts to Rogers taxpayers losing more than $1 million in revenue per year to this program for at least the last 10 years. Rogers has consistently ranked as the number one or number two City (out of 180 jurisdictions) in terms of highest percentage of tax base lost. This results in a significant portion of local revenues being unavailable for the purposes of tax relief or to fund local services/facilities. While the Fiscal Disparities program does not affect how much the City spends as part of its annual budget, it absolutely impacts the City’s tax rate as well as tax bills for individual property owners.