Property taxes have been a hot button topic for years...
The state has spent $1.5 billion to reduce property taxes since 2009 and this week, you should see how those dollars will effect you and your home...
Coming in the mail this week is your property tax statement...
And for a majority of North Dakotan's, your bill will be lower.
For Bismarck and Burleigh County the 2013 real estate tax statement on average is a 19% decrease from last year...
"THIS 19% REDUCTION ON AVERAGE IS AFTER THE SCHOOL BOND ISSUE FOR TWO ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL THAT VOTERS APPROVED AND AFTER INCREASE IN VALUES."
Bismarck voters last year approved the construction of two new elementary schools and a high school. With that vote residents knew their property taxes could be affected.
"Two new elementary schools and high school contribute about 5% to the total property tax bill. Even with that, we are seeing an average of 19% decrease in Bismarck on an average home valued at $200,000."
Glatt says the owner of a $200,000 home could see a savings of $500.
And that's on top of savings they've been experiencing for five years.
"since 2008 property tax relief statements were sent out we are seeing in Burleigh County a 40% reduction in taxes. That's attributed to mill levy reduction grants 2009,2011, school buy downs along with a new 12% tax credit. "
You'll see the savings clearly marked on your property tax statement.
For the first time your bill breaks down how the property tax relief has added up and what it saves you.
For instance the bill for this $260,000 home shows the owner will receive just over $1800 in property tax relief from the state in 2013 alone, it also shows the amount in relief from the past two years.
This year the owner is paying $2681 but without the tax relief the bill would have been $4500.
Glatt says he hears a few complaints from residents who expect to pay less in property taxes but he says they appreciate seeing a savings...
"By in large, realize what their property taxes fund... snow removal, schools, sheriffs departments, things people have to pay for."
The North Dakota Association of Counties has sampled property tax data in other counties. They say it appears statewide property taxes should be down an average of 20%
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