Property tax collections in Brown County in 2016 are up $1.7 million over last year.
Brown County Treasurer Connie Patrick said that the county has taken in $29,363.194.70 so far this year.
The money is distributed twice a year to school districts and political entities in the county, usually in March and August.
Patrick said that the increase in revenue is due to a couple of different factors.
“It’s attributable to the CAUV rates going up as well as some property in the county going up in value,” she said.
Patrick added that anyone who wishes to can see where their tax dollars are going.
“There is a little pie chart on everybody’s tax bill that gives them the amount that is distributed from their portion of their tax payment. Anybody who wants to know where their money is going can look at that chart where every dollar is accounted for,” Patrick said.
Patrick said that one misconception about the property tax revenue is that most of it goes to the county.
“In reality, the school systems get the majority of that money and the rest goes to the political subdivisions, the libraries and other recipients of property tax revenue,” Patrick said.
For the August distribution of $10, 620,693.20, for example, school districts in Brown County received approximately 75 percent of the money.
The share for the Brown County General Fund was $1,006,123.91, or just under ten percent.
Patrick said that the county had about five percent of tax payments in arrears, which works out to about $1.5 million.
She said that delinquent payments were still a problem, but one the office is trying to manage.
“Delinquencies are not where I would like them to be, but when you have people out of work or other tough situations, it’s hard to deal with that. We’re not out there to take people’s homes away,” Patrick said.
“But if people choose to be homeowners, they should be responsible for their obligations as a taxpayer. It’s not fair to the ones that do pay for the ones that don’t pay to still get the benefits of the tax dollars.”
Patrick said that anyone who wishes to take care of a delinquent tax bill should call their office for help.
“There are options available, but you have to contact the treasurer’s office, so we can know that you are not just choosing not to pay your bill,” Patrick said.
“Those who call need to be prepared to make some kind of payment. We can’t make a payment plan if they don’t have anything to start with. We can give them some options, depending on how far in arrears they are and how much money they owe. We work individually with everyone, but we can’t help them unless they call us.”
Here is how the $10,620,693.20 second half property tax payments were distributed, according to information provided by Brown County Auditor Jill Hall;
County General Fund
Union Twp. Library
County Library Bond
Southern Hills CTC
Bethel Tate Schools
Great Oaks JVS
US Grant JVS