By Noriah Williams
Mason Times staff writer
MASON – There was nothing sinister about Valentine’s Day, Feb 14, being the due date for Mason’s winter property tax.
Set by the General Property Tax Act, the town has been fortunate in the current economy. Boasting the lowest millage rate in the county, 13.25 mills per $1,000, property value has declined but the rate has been constant.
The millage rate is the figure that is applied to a property’s assessed value to determine how much tax is charged.
One mill in taxes costs home owners $50 for every $100,000 in a homes market value.
“Fifty percent of property tax in Mason is paid by mortgage companies. This helps with collection as not many people are coming in to drop off money,” said Michelle Wallo, assistant finance director and treasurer for Mason. Mortgage companies collect money for taxes from home owners every month and pay it when it is due.
For homeowners and business owners paying last year’s property tax, online payments, drop box, and mailing options were available. Money is directed to Mason City Hall, which houses the city’s finance office. City Hall mainly acts as a collecting entity.
“Cost is shipped out to the winter bill, which goes to the library, county and the school debt,” said Wallo.
As bills were sent out on Dec 1, there were no extended hours for city hall’s normal 8 a.m. to 5 p.m business hours.