Proposed tax rates a mixed bag for Clayton County homeowners

   ELKADER — Clayton County urban and rural homeowners will see a mixed bag of results on their fiscal 2019 tax bills if a county budget proposed by the Clayton County Board of Supervisors is passed.

   The proposed budget provides for a 5.9 percent tax levy increase for urban residential property and a 1.1 percent decrease for rural residential property. The proposal has total expenditures of $19,990,656 with an urban residential tax levy of $6.15 per $1,000 of assessed value and a rural residential rate of $9.07. With the legislative mandated rollback of 56.91 percent, an urban owner of a $100,000 home will pay $350 in the county’s portion of property taxes and a rural resident will pay $516.

   The current fiscal year budget contains $18,931,763 in expenditures with an urban tax rate of $5.81 and a rural rate of $9.18 a 55.62 percent rollback. The same $100,000 homeowner paid $323 in county property taxes this year, while the rural owner paid $510.

   Board Chairman Ray Peterson and newly elected supervisors Sharon Keehner and Steve Doeppke have been working on the budget for weeks. Keehner and Doeppke jumped into the process for the first time this year.