by Denise Donley
11 months, 2 weeks ago by Denise Donley
However, the tax rate will decrease
The Adams County property tax levy will increase but the tax rate will decrease.
A $9.06 million tax levy was approved by the Adams County Board at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting. The levy, which will affect property tax bills payable next year, was $16,000 more than last year’s.
Duane Venvertloh, Finance Chairman, said the levy reflects the budget approved last month.
The levy will produce a tax rate of about 88.32 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation. On a $100,000 home, residents’ taxes will decrease about $2.69. Last year’s tax rate was 89.055 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation.
Venvertloh said residents won’t see that much of a change on their bill…
“Especially when our part of the tax bill is combined with the school district and all the other taxing bodies. The $2.69 isn’t enough to go out and start a new business venture or even buy yourself a good cup of coffee; however, we’re proud that we’ve been able to hold the line. That’s just basically do to a lot of hard working officeholders and elected officials that are put to task and respond very well. We have them to thank.”
The majority of the levy, 27 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, will go towards the county’s general fund tax levy. That’s a slight increase from the levy collected in 2013.
Other areas of minor increase include F.I.C.A., insurance, county highway, county bridge, county matching and T.B. treatment. The levies for the developmentally disabled, co-op extension and ambulance will remain the same as the year before. Pension and health department levies decreased.
In other business, the legislative and judicial committee was asked to again review certain county rules, drafted in 2003, regarding when and how board agendas are sent. The assessment was prompted by board members not receiving board packets on time due to the mailing system. The County Code was approved in 2005 and covers some of the same items as the county rules do. Board Chairman Les Post asked the committee to look at the rules and decide if the rules should mirror the County Code or if the rules should just be terminated. If the rules were to be terminated, the County Code would be the statute the Board would follow.
The annual salary for the Supervisor of Assessments was also approved. This increase happens each year and was previously appropriated.
Joseph Haubrich was reappointed to the Adams County Sheriff's Merit Commission.
Being the last meeting of the year, the 2014 County Board meetings were approved, as was the 2014 holiday schedule for the Adams County Courthouse.