|City of Antigo residents will find an expected—but probably unwelcomed—present stuffed among the Christmas cards and sales flyers in their mailboxes this weekend.|
The city tax bills, which also include levies for Langlade County, Northcentral Technical College, the state, and Antigo school district went out in the mail today.
“The tax rate for the city declined,” Clerk-Treasurer Kaye Matucheski said. “But increases at other levels of government, particularly the Antigo school district, brought the overall rate up 3.2 percent.”
Taxpayers in the city will pay a net rate of $24.34 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or $2,434 for the owner of a $100,000 home located within city limits.
That compares to a 2013 net rate of $23.59 or $2,359 for the owner of a $1,000 home, an increase of $75.
Broken down by taxing body, the rate includes:
—City, $9.38, or $938 for a $100,000 piece of property. That’s down 1 percent.
—Antigo Lake District, 19 cents, or $19 for a $100,000 property, up 13.5 percent.
—Antigo school district, $8.43, or $843 for the owner of property with an assessed valuation of $100,000. That is an increase for city residents of 8.8 percent.
—Northcentral Technical College, $2.05, or $205 for $100,000 worth of property. That represents a 4.35 percent increase.
—State of Wisconsin, 16 cents, or $16 for a $100,000 piece of property, up 1.5 percent.
—Langlade County, $5.43, or $543 for the owner of a $100,000 home within city limits. That is an increase of 1.8 percent.
The overall tax rate of $25.68 was reduced by $1.34 by the state’s school tax credit, leading to the net rate. Last year’s school credit totaled $1.37.
According to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, statewide school levies are rising 0.8 percent, while county (1.2 percent) and technical college district (1.3 percent) levies are close behind.
All told, school taxes will total $4.69 billion; county levies, $2.01 billion; and technical college levies, $796.69 million. These three taxes, along with a small state forestry tax, comprise almost 80 percent of the typical December property tax bill. Combined, the four levies are up 1.0 percent this year.
School levies are limited by state-mandated revenue limits, which have been tightened in recent years. Since 2011, school taxes have recorded total growth of just 0.1 percent, the Alliance said.
While changes vary widely by district, this year, 44 percent (185 of 424) of districts raised or lowered their levies by 2.5 percent or less. About one in six (72) increased them 5 percent or more, while 32 lowered them by similar amounts.
Possible reasons for large property tax changes include new or expiring referenda to exceed revenue caps, and large increases or decreases in state school aids.
The largest school levy increases were in Niagara (50.1 percent), Blair-Taylor (38.4 percent), Mercer (30.2 percent), Lake Holcombe (26.3 percent), and Rio (25.1% percent).
The largest drops were in Walworth J1 (-19.0 percent), Boscobel (-17.3 percent), Bristol No. 1 (-15.0 percent), Wabeno (-12.3 percent), and Pittsville (-11.5 percent).
Tightened state limits on county and technical college levies also limited tax growth. Counties are allowed to raise levies by the percent increase in net new construction. As a result, 51 of 72 counties raised taxes by less than 3 percent; another seven cut taxes. The largest reduction (3.7 percent) came in Winnebago county; the largest increases in Monroe (16.8 percent), Burnett (6.6 percent), and Pierce (6.2 percent) counties.
Technical colleges levies are also tied to net new construction. This year’s 1.3 percent increase is the smallest in over a decade. Technical college levy growth peaked in 2001-02 at 9.7 percent. With the exception of Northcentral (+3.2 percent) and Western Wisconsin (+19.0 percent ), changes in technical college levies varied little, ranging from a decline of 1.1 percent in Milwaukee to an increase of 1.6 percent in Blackhawk. The increase in Western Wisconsin was due to voter approval of $79.8 million in new buildings.
TAX BILLS—In the photo, City Clerk-Treasurer Kaye Matucheski sifts through the bills that will be sent out to city taxpayers today. The graph, also provided by the city, shows the change in the tax rates of the various entities that make up the overall bill. They include the city, down 1 percent; Langlade County, up 1.8 percent; Antigo school district, up 8.8 percent; Northcentral Technical College, up 4.35 percent; and state of Wisconsin, up 1.5 percent.