Sales of “Back the Blue” t-shirts have resulted in donations to the La Porte City, Dysart, Vinton and Shellsburg police departments totalling more than $1,700. Buyers of the shirts produced by Gregg’s Sporting Goods chose which community would receive a special donation at the time of purchase. The promotion is part of the Union Knights football team’s annual “Patriot Night” celebration, which honors area veterans and first responders during Union’s home football game against Vinton-Shellsburg on Friday night.
“BACK THE BLUE”
La Porte City – $871.11
Dysart – $337.20
Vinton – $477.70
Shellsburg – $22.48
Property tax bills have been sent out by the Black Hawk County Treasurer’s Office. Most property owners in the city of Waterloo will pay about $40.78 for every $1,000 of their properties’ taxable values. In Cedar Falls, that amount is about $31.77 per $1,000. In La Porte City, most property owners will pay $35.03. Those elsewhere in the county can contact the County Auditor’s Office at 319-833-3002 or email@example.com to find out their tax rate.
The tax bills are the result of an annual property tax process that involves determining the value of each individual property parcel in the county and applying the property tax needs of various local entities to the sum of those values. A number of modifications take place through the process based on laws intended to make the system as fair as possible.
The county assessor determined each property’s assessed value as of January 1, 2015. The taxable value of the property was fixed by January 1, 2016, after a number of required steps. Among these steps was the calculation of a state-applied rollback percentage, which determines, by property class, how much of a property’s assessed value is taxed.
For instance, each residential property in the state will pay taxes on 55.6259% of its assessed value during this fiscal year. For agricultural property, it’s 46.1068%. For commercial or industrial property, it’s 90%. For multi-residential property, it’s 86.25%.
Cities, school districts and counties are the primary property-tax levying bodies. Their governing boards and councils determine property tax needs by deadlines in March and April. The county auditor’s office applies these taxing needs to the county’s taxable valuation and calculates the amount of tax owed by each property owner. Oftentimes tax credits and exemptions are applied at an individual property parcel level.
These tax amounts are provided to the county treasurer, who sends out the bills and collects the taxes. The tax rates determined in the spring of 2016 are applied to the January 1, 2015 property values, and the taxes are payable in two installments: the first in September of 2016 and the second in March of 2017.
For questions, contact the County Assessor’s Office at 319-833-3006, the County Auditor’s Office at 319-833-3002, and the County Treasurer’s Office at 319-833-3013. Other information is available on the county’s website at www.co.black-hawk.ia.us.
By Nathan Richardson, Heartland Community Church
On Sunday, September 11 at 10 AM, Heartland Community Church, 705 Bishop Avenue in La Porte City, will be hosting a service to honor all First Responders, including police, firefighters and ambulance crews. The service will be held outside the church on Bishop Avenue. It will feature the Heartland Worship Band and feature a message of thanks and encouragement throughout the service.
Following the service, the church will host a Community Party from 11:30 AM-3 PM, featuring a free lunch catered by Cornerstone Restaurant and Lounge of Gilbertville, free inflatable bounce house/games, a live concert from the band Curator, and an opportunity to watch the Chicago Bears play their National Football League opening day game against the Houston Texans. This free event is open to the public and the la Porte City community is invited to participate.
Tom and Cheryl Spragg of La Porte City and Jeff and Shelley Peters of Dysart are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Josh Spragg and Haley Peters of Stanwood, Iowa.
Josh works as a Driller 1 for Terracon, based out of Cedar Rapids.
Haley teaches Title I Reading (K-6) for the North Cedar Community School District in Mechanicsville.
The couple are planning an October 2016 wedding.