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Taxes

Overview
The two main taxes used to fund the 2016 budget of $11.037 million for City services are county sales tax and property tax.  Anticipated sales tax in 2016 is $945,000 or 9% of the total revenue and levied property tax in 2016 is $1,600,055 or 15% of the total.  County sales tax of 1% is split between the cities of Colby, Rexford, Gem, and Brewster and Thomas County.  The City of Colby receives approximately 47% of the total revenue received from the 1% sales tax. The City of Colby also collects 3/4 of 1% in City sales tax for payment on our Fire Station and Aquatic Park Bonds. The property tax rate is determined by dividing the total amount of dollars which must be collected by the total assessed valuation of all taxable property in the City. One mill is equal to $1 of taxes per $1,000 of assessed valuation.  Residential real estate is to be assessed at 11.5% of fair market value and commercial and industrial real estate at 25%.

Calculate the Value of Your City of Colby Tax Dollar

              1. MARKET VALUE OF YOUR HOME:  $100,000.00

                         To determine assessed valuation, multiply by 11.5%

                                         $100,000 x 11.5% = $11,500.00

              2. ASSESSED VALUATION:  $11,500.00

 To determine City tax liability, multiply assessed valuation by mill levy

                                         $11,500 x 34.103/1000 = $392.18

              3. CITY TAX LIABILITY:  $392.18

 To determine the monthly expense for City services, divide City tax liability by 12 months

                                         $392.18 / 12 = $32.68 per month

The following list represents a sampling of the City’s services provided for the $32.68 per month:

24-hour Police Protection

24-hour Fire Protection

Street Maintenance/Repair

Parks Maintenance - 147.9 acres

Aquatic Park

Tennis Courts

Community Building Operation and Maintenance

Recreation Programs

City Administration

Traffic Control & Marking

Public Parking Services

Municipal Improvements

Flood Plain Management

Legal Counsel

Public Library

Building Inspection

MIS Services

Animal Control Services

Community Service Supervisor

Drug Task Force Services

24-Hour Dispatch Services for Police, Fire, and Ambulance



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