August 7, 2008

Local Political Subdivisions Maintaining Current Tax Rates

The saying goes there are two constants in life, death and taxes. For another year it appears the local tax rates will also remain constant, as public hearings held throughout July and August are indicating tax rate levies for the political subdivisions will not go up in 2008-09.

With the state-mandated deadline of September 1 for establishment of tax levy rates, the last of the local political subdivisions are hosting the required public tax rate hearings to establish the levy rates for the fiscal years beginning in 2008.

The Scotland County R-I School District will host its tax rate hearing Thursday, August 14 prior to the regular school board meeting. The proposed tax rate for the 2008-09 school year is $3.36 per $100 of assessed valuation, the same rate established for the 2007-08 school year.

With total assessed valuation of property within the SCR-I district at $44,723,329, and an estimated collection rate of 92.7% the district is projecting local tax revenues of approximately $1.357 million.

The $3.36 levy represents approximately 60-percent of the total local tax levy according to figures presented by the county clerkís office.

The next largest levy rate is $0.50 per $100 assessed valuation as levied by the Scotland County Memorial Hospital District. SCMH held its tax rate hearing July 22 to approve maintaining the levy rate at the maximum level for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008. SCMH estimates the district will generate just shy of $270,000 in local tax revenue.

Scotland County also assessed a $0.50 per $100 assessed valuation levy for the countyís general fund.

These two levies account for approximately 7.5% of the taxpayers average bill.

The county also imposes a $0.35 per $100 assessed valuation levy for the road and bridge department and another $0.31 for the special road and bridge fund which is restricted for capital improvement projects.

The countyís three levies account for approximately 17% of the total tax bill paid to the county collector each year.

The Scotland County Memorial Library District will host its tax rate hearing August 19 prior to the board meeting. The levy will remain unchanged at $0.19 per $100 assessed valuation. With the total county assessed valuation at over $53 million, the levy is expected to raise $102,344 for the library in the 2008 fiscal year.

The Scotland County Health Department will host its public tax rate hearing August 12th. The rate will remain unchanged at $0.15 per $100 assessed valuation.

The Scotland County Ambulance District had a tax levy of $0.25 per $100 assessed valuation and the Scotland County Nursing Home District tax rate was $0.30 last year.

Local taxpayers also pay $0.03 per $100 assessed valuation to the State of Missouri.

All combined, a Scotland County resident that resides in the Scotland County R-I School District will pay $5.94 in taxes per every $100 of assessed valuation $3.36 school and $2.58 to the other political subdivisions. Residents of Scotland County that reside in the Gorin R-III School District paid a school levy of $4.67 in 2007-08 raising their tax bill to $7.25 per $100 assessed valuation.

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