By JIM ANDERSON
IRON MOUNTAIN - Millage increases approved by voters in February will boost property tax rates across Dickinson County in 2013.
Rate increases for resident homeowners range from 0.4 percent in Kingsford to 5.1 percent in Iron Mountain, according to the 2013 Apportionment Report prepared by Sid Bray, Dickinson County equalization director.
The jump in Iron Mountain's tax rate is 2.1413 mills, mostly due to a higher debt levy for the Iron Mountain School District. In February, voters approved a $9.5 million bond issue for school improvements.
Iron Mountain's school debt levy in 2013 is 5.34 mills, up from 3.8 mills in 2012 - an increase of 1.54 mills.
Countywide, taxpayers will see a new levy of 0.4 mills for Enhanced 911 emergency dispatch operations. That three-year levy was authorized in February for replacement of an outdated 911 console and to help meet other expenses.
Also, the levy for the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department rises in 2013 to 0.42 mills - up 0.07 mills - the result of an increase authorized by voters in 2012.
Taxpayers in the Breitung Township School District will benefit from a decline of 0.28 mills in the school debt levy. The new rate is 4.22 mills.
Taxpayers in the North Dickinson School District will see a small bump in the debt levy, which rises in 2013 to 3.0245 mills, an increase of 0.06 mills.
In the Norway-Vulcan School District, the debt levy stays at 5 mills.
Overall, when all county, school and city property taxes are included, Iron Mountain shows the highest tax rate in the county at 43.9449 mills. On a home worth $80,000 (equalized value of $40,000) the total bill for an Iron Mountain resident taxpayer is $1,758, a tax rate increase of $86. (Taxes may also rise or fall depending on changes in assessed value.)
Felch Township has the lowest overall tax rate in the county at 22.677 mills, which is up 0.53 mills, or 2.4 percent. On a home worth $80,000, the total 2013 property tax bill for a Felch resident is $907, a tax rate increase of $21.
Total 2013 tax rates for resident homeowners in each municipality of the county are as follows:
- Breen Township, 25.4421 mills, up 0.6008 mills, an increase of 2.4 percent.
- Breitung Township, 26.2927 mills, up 0.19 mills, an increase of 0.7 percent.
- Felch Township, 22.677 mills, up 0.53 mills, an increase of 2.4 percent.
- Norway Township, 26.6478 mills, up 0.4838 mills, an increase of 1.8 percent.
- Sagola Township, 24.993 mills, up 0.53 mills, an increase of 2.2 percent.
- Waucedah Township, 26.6698 mills, up 0.4736 mills, an increase of 1.8 percent.
- West Branch Township, 22.7004 mills, up 0.53 mills, an increase of 2.4 percent.
- City of Iron Mountain, 43.9449 mills, up 2.1413 mills, an increase of 5.1 percent.
- City of Kingsford, 43.5887 mills, up 0.174 mills, an increase of 0.4 percent.
- City of Norway, 41.7779 mills, up 0.4398 mills, an increase of 1.1 percent.
Resident homeowners in the annexed portion of Iron Mountain within the Breitung Township School District will pay a total tax rate of 42.8249 mills, an increase of 0.3213 mills, or 0.8 percent.
Taxes for city government break down as follows:
- The city portion of Kingsford's levy is 21.496 mills, down 0.016 mills from 2012. Kingsford's general operating levy remains at 17.222 mills, while the levy for police and firefighter pensions is up 0.049 mills, coming in at 3.083 mills. The extra voted levy (public works building) is down 0.065 mills at 1.191 mills.
- Norway's city government levy is 18.9052 mills, a decline of 0.0302 mills. The general operating levy remains at 16.3942 mills. Extra-voted levies total 2.511 mills, which is a decline of 0.0302 mills.
- Iron Mountain is levying 20.7322 mills for city government, an increase of 0.1313 mills. The general operating levy is the same at 16.1318 mills. The levy for police and firefighter pensions is up 0.2 mills at 3.1534 mills. The levy for refuse collection will dip by 0.0613 mills to 1.284 mills. The extra voted levy (liaison officer) will dip by 0.0074 mills to 0.163 mills.
Apart from the health department, county-wide levies are the same as a year ago. Those levies are: county operating, 6.1203 mills; Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District (including special education and technical education), 2.1324 mills; state eduction tax, 6 mills; Bay College, 1 mill; library, 0.9 mills; road commission, 0.5 mills; senior citizen programs, 0.4 mills.
Other than some slight increases, township government levies are the same as a year ago. In Breen Township, the extra-voted levy is 3.453 mills, up 0.0708 mills. In Norway and Waucedah townships, the extra-voted levy is 2.5 mills, up 0.0138 mills in Norway and 0.0036 mills for Waucedah.
Throughout the county, additional school taxes are levied for properties that do not qualify for Homestead exemptions. The non-Homestead school levies are as follows: North Dickinson, 18 mills; Breitung Township, 18 mills; Norway-Vulcan, 17.9622 mills; Iron Mountain, 17.937 mills.
In the city of Iron Mountain, properties in the Downtown Development Authority district pay an additional levy of 1.5 mills.
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