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Scott County Considers Lower Taxes

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Property taxes for most residents of Scott County may go down next year. That's a key feature of the budget for next year being considered by supervisors.

Last week, county administrator Dee Bruemmer presented her proposed budget for the fiscal year starting in July. And she says not only will the tax rate go down for most taxpayers, but the amount they pay will also drop.
Her proposed tax rate for urban residents of Scott County is 3 per cent lower than this year and 2 1/2 per cent lower for rural residents. The only increase will be for agricultural land.

Bruemmer says, if approved, this will be the 6th year in a row that Scott County supervisors have reduced the tax rate.

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Last two years, urban tax rate down 31 cents, and rural down 38 cents.

2016-17 will be the first year of a phased-in rollback for apartments and nursing homes in Iowa, and that will cost Scott County around 200,000 dollars.

A public hearing on the proposed budget is set for February 11th, with final approval early in March. Local governments are required to submit their budgets to the state by March 15th each year.