Mason County has released a fact sheet on Proposition No. 1, the property tax levy lid lift measure on the November 7th General Election Ballot. Frank Pinter, Director of Support Services for the County, announce the release of the fact sheet during Tuesday night’s Mason County Commission meeting.
The Mason County Board of Equalization (BOE) is currently accepting taxpayer petitions from property owners who wish to appeal the property valuations. The Mason County Assessor recently mailed Notice of Value statements affecting 2018 taxes to all property owners. Property owners who disagree with that valucation have 30 days to file an appeal with the BOE.
The Mason County Commission is placing a property tax levy lid lift proposition on the November 7th General Election Ballot. The Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday asking voters for a 37 cents per thousand increase in property taxes to “maintain Public Safety, Criminal Justice and General Fund Services.” This additional property tax is estimated to generate approximately $3.4 Million in 2018 and if approved would be a permanent property tax increase bringing the County’s property tax rate to $1.77 per thousand of assess value.
The Mason County Commission is asking for the public’s input on sending a property tax increase to voters in November. The Commissioners plan to hold the hearing on August 1st as they move forward with placing a property tax levy lid lift on the General Election Ballot.
The Commission discussed their options for increasing revenues again Monday morning and reviewed every line of a draft resolution that places the measure on the ballot.
Mason County Treasurer, Lisa Frazier, is reminding taxpayers that 1st half property tax payments for year 2017 are due, April 30th, 2017. Because April 30th, falls on a Sunday, the due date has been extended to Monday, May 1, 2017.
Payments may be mailed, however payments must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2017 to be considered on time and avoid interest charges. Check with your post office for collection hours to be sure your payment will be postmarked timely.
Mason County Assessor Melody Peterson talked about appraisals and property taxes with the North Mason Community Voice Monday night. Assessor Peterson explained how every county in the State must perform annual valuations and does so through a “Mass Appraisal” but also does physical evaluations every six years. State law also requires that property be appraised at 100 percent of its true and fair market value.