Property owners get some tax relief
Pierce County property owners received their annual tax statements earlier this month and some may have been scratching their heads when looking at the bottom line.
“We had a number of calls questioning if it was correct, especially concerning the big drop in the school (levy),’ said Larry Fjellanger, county treasurer.
Indeed there was a big decrease in local school funding – a 75 mill decrease – as the state Department of Public Instruction is covering a larger share of the costs for K-12 public education.
That drop equated to a decent savings for a number of county residents, especially those living outside of the city.
While local school funding dropped, the county government levy did increase.
The city of Rugby’s total mill levy dropped slightly, but residents do have special assessments to pay off toward the street improvement project. Fjellanger said his office has fielded some calls about the assessment numbers.
“Those figures were determined by the city, so we had to direct them to call City Hall for more answers,’ he said.
Those assessments varied based on the type of street improvements made in front of properties.
Property owners who pay their taxes off in full by Feb. 15, 2010 will receive a five percent discount and Fjellanger said about 80 percent of property owners do pay early and get the discount.
However, the discount does not apply for any special assessments. Those residents who do have questions about their tax statement can contact Fjellanger at 776-5225, extension 2.
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