If you haven’t received your tax bill yet, you soon will. The bills were mailed Thursday.
Taxpayers are not expected to pay significantly more for the village portion of their taxes, despite an increase in the village’s mill rate.
According to the village, a 15 percent drop in overall property values in the village resulted in an increase in mill rates, the amount of taxes the village levies on property owners.
Total village mill rates—including state, county, Racine Unified School District, Gateway Technical and the differerent water and sewer districts in the village—range from $20.17 to $21.65 per $1000 of property value. Last year's mill rates ranged from $16.80 to $18.12.
Forty-one percent of the total property taxes is for Racine Unified, according to the village. The village portion of the property taxes is 26 percent.
The village portion of the property taxes is $5.61 per $1,000 of value, an increase of $0.88 per $1,000 over last year.
This means a home valued at $250,000 in 2011 paid $1,182 on the village portion of their tax bill. However, that same home in 2012 would have lost value and would be worth $212,500. At the new tax rate and value, the homeowner would pay $1,192, an overall increase of $10, for the village's portion of their taxes.
Local fees on the tax bill include: $95.81 for garbage, up $1.81 from last year, and $38.15 for recycling, up $4.65 over last year.
State credits on the tax bill include: $92.49 for the lottery, which also increased for 2012, by $12.06; and First Dollar credit, up $5.58.
First installments or full payments of tax payments are due Jan. 31 to the Village of Caledonia. Payments must be postmarked by Jan. 31. After this date, the village cannot accept tax payments. Second installments are due July 31 to the Racine County Treasurer.
Payments can be mailed to lock boxes at either Johnson or Tri-City National banks to the following addresses.
- Village of Caledonia, c/o Johnson Bank, P O BOX 266, Kenosha, WI 53141-0266
- Village of Caledonia, c/o Tri City National, P O BOX 081704 , Racine, WI 53408-1704
In-person payments can be made at local Johnson or Tri-City National banks (listed below) or at Caledonia Village Hall, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by mail slot on front door.
Caledonia Village Hall will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Dec. 24 and 25, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
The banks also have restricted hours on Christmas and New Year’s Eve and are closed for the holidays. Cash payments should be made at the banks.
- 6520 Northwestern Ave.
- 4959 Douglas Ave.
- 4001 N. Main St.
Tri City National
- 4708 Northwestern Ave.
- 3900 Erie St. (inside Piggly Wiggly)
- 1200 N. Green Bay Rd. (inside Pick N Save)
Payment by credit card or check on the internet or by phone can be made through www.officialpayments.com or by call 1-800-272-9829. Jurisdiction code for Caledonia is 5848. There is a convenience charge for credit card of 2.75 percent of the tax bill or a $2.75 fee per payment transaction if paying with an e-check (withdrawal from checking account).