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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Where Are Our Priorities -- Oh, There They Are, on Our Property Tax Statement!

We received our property tax statements from the Lake County treasurer last week. Here's where our money goes:

Entity $/1000 levy Taxable Value Tax Assessed
Opt-Out % of total
City/Township 0.73 125,590 $ 91.68
County 3.63 125,590 $ 455.89
Water Conservation 0.03 125,590 $ 3.77 2.51 0.2%
School (Owner-Occupied) 9.21 125,590 $ 1,156.68 51.47 66.9%
Sanitary District 0.17 125,590 $ 21.35
Total 13.77
$ 1,729.37 53.98

Now this statement doesn't give a complete picture of our contribution to local civilization: count the $1000 or so a month we spend each month in Madison, and you get another $360 or so that we kick into the local sales tax kitty. You might also want to count the unitemized portion of our activity fees that I and all the other 2000-some students on the DSU campus provide to make the Community Center more affordable for everyone else in Madison (gee, maybe I should actually use that building sometime).

Note that even if we include local sales tax and other payments claimed by our local governing entities, more than half of my family's local tax burden goes to support one government function: education. We put more of our money toward education than toward police protection, road repair, snow removal, septic tank inspection, and all other local functions combined.

City folks will come up with somewhat different percentages, as they pay the city for electricity, sewer, and trash removal.


  1. Cory:

    Why don't I see you at the Community Center?

    You can't be getting much bike time in the winter.

  2. Don't forget the county fees for vehicle sales tax and license renewals and permits for City and County.

  3. Cory, we're also paying for a new Aquatic Center in Madison that will provide a nicer place for your daughter to play Marco-Polo someday. It will be a nice recreational draw for Madison.

  4. Mike:

    You don't have to go to the Community Center to exercise. It is possible to do that at home. Oh and then there's snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, and good old fashioned walking and jogging that you can still do in cooler weather.

    And biking in the winter? Yep, Cory manages to do that on a fairly regular basis. Katarzyna waves goodbye to him as he heads out across the frozen lake.


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