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Grant County residents will be paying slightly more this year in real estate property taxes as bills begin arriving in mailboxes.
For a person that owns a $100,000 home, their bill will be $952, including state, county and other rates for taxing districts.
Last year, a home assessed at $100,000 brought a tax bill of $944.10.
Those living in the Williamstown Independent Schools area, will be paying more after the school board approved increasing the rate from 84.6 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate property to 89.1 cents.
A tax bill including Williamstown Schools for a person owning a $100,000 home now will be $1,318 compared to $1,265.10 in 2010.
Williamstown Schools is expected to generate $1.15 million from the property taxes, an increase of $55,000 from last year.
Many of the tax rates remained the same while three taxing districts increased its rate.
The state, Grant County Schools, mental health, health and soil conservation property tax rates stayed the same from last year.
The tax rate for the county dropped from 14.5 cents to 14.4 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate property.
However, because of an increase in property or assessments, the 2011 rate is expected to generate $1.43 million for the county, an increase of $4,000 from last year.
Along with Williamstown Schools, the library and extension service taxing districts increased its rates from 2010.
The library real property tax rate is 7.4 cents per $100 assessed value on property, up from 6.9 cents last year.
The increase is expected to generate $47,000 more.
The rate for the extension service increased from 3.1 cents to 3.5 cents per $100 assessed value.
The rate change is estimated to generate $41,000 in additional funds.
The tax bills are due by Dec. 31, but residents can receive a 2-percent discount if they pay by the end of October.
Bills paid after the end of the year, but before Jan. 31, 2012, will have a 5-percent penalty fee added. After Jan. 31, the late fee jumps to 21 percent.
Bills can be paid at the Grant County Sheriff’s office on Barnes Road in Williamstown from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Credit cards are accepted with an additional service fee.
“We’re hoping that within the first few weeks of getting the tax bills out, they will be able to pay online,” said Sheriff Chuck Dills. “We’re in the process of getting that worked out.”
Dill said the bills will look a little different this year.
“They are printed in a postcard form,” he said. “It’s a tremendous savings for us if we can get a postcard rate on the postage. It will save about $2,000.”
Even though the tax bills are public record, Dills said some taxpayers had complained about their tax information being exposed.
Dills said another option would be to use a tax bill with a flap to cover the amounts on the bill.
“While this information is public, we are sensitive to people’s concerns and will explore other options,” Dills said. “We’re just trying to find ways to save taxpayer’s money.”
Tax bills can also be viewed at www.grantcountysheriff.com.
For more information, call 824-3333.