What is the cost per household?

To pay for the additional 24 public safety positions, property taxes would increase based off your equalized property value. The proposed levy increase is $3,536,507 each fiscal year going forward. The increase per $100,000 of equalized value is $24.97. It is important to note that  this does not factor in growth to our County. We are currently the fastest growing county in Wisconsin. As our population grows and more people are paying taxes, the cost is spread out.

Our property taxes are determined by the County’s Mill Rate. The Mill Rate for St. Croix County has decreased every year since 2013.

We know that no one likes seeing their property taxes increase, but did you know that County taxes account for less than 20% of the average property tax bill? That's means less than 20 cents on every dollar you pay in property taxes goes to fund important services like 9-1-1 dispatch and our Sheriff’s Department, Court Services, and keeping our roads clear in the winter. The expansion will help ensure our services keep up with the growing needs of our County.

The images below show an example of tax bill distribution percentages for the cities of Hudson and New Richmond.

Pie Chart showing Hudson's tax bill distribution. 20% distributed to the County.Pie Chart showing New Richmond's tax bill distribution. 18% distributed to the County.

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