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Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:20 p.m.
 

Most Baldwin Township residents should not see much of a change in their real estate taxes this year, despite officials approving an adjusted 2013 tax rate, the township manager said.

Total assessed property values in the township increased in 2013 as a result of the court-ordered countywide reassessments, township Manager Rob Zahorchak said. That resulted in a reduction in the millage to offset the increase so that the township would not collect more than 105 percent of last year's collections, the most allowed by state law in a reassessment year.

“It really is more of an exercise in mathematics,” Zahorchak said.

Commissioners at their April 29 pre-agenda meeting approved the township's 2013 tax rate at 7.8 mills, down from 9.5 mills last year. One mill in Baldwin Township brings in about $85,000.

Yet all of the changes won't affect most residents, Zahorchack said.

“Unless (your property value) increased by more than $20,000, your property taxes are probably going to stay (roughly) the same,” he said.

Commissioners waited until the end of April to approve the township's millage in an effort to get the real estate tax collection number as close to what it should be, Zahorchak said. The rate must be set at least 10 days before bills are sent to residents. Real estate tax bills were mailed to the roughly 890 properties the first week of May, he said.

Several property assessment appeals still are outstanding in the township and the millage was set so that the township would not exceed 105 percent of last year's real estate tax collections, Zahorchak said.

Commissioners approved the township's 2013 $2,663,035 budget in January, that includes $150,000 in road improvements and $914,699 in sewage work.

Because of the late passage of the property tax rate, there is a “slight alteration” this year only in the dates that payments for real estate taxes are due.

Property owners will have until July 10 to pay their taxes and receive a 2 percent discount on their 2013 real estate bills. Between July 10 and Sept. 20, the face value of the bills are due for property owners, Zahorchak said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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