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Property taxes due but delayed

CEDAR RAPIDS — Property tax bills will arrive a little late this year because Linn County’s mainframe was damaged by floodwaters, Treasurer Mike Stevenson said.

But make no mistake, the bills are coming some time in September and they’re due to be paid within 30 days of their arrival in your mailbox. Even for flood victims.

These tax statements are based on the assessed value of the property as of January 2007. Property taxes are paid retroactively, so the bills that will be issued next month cover the tax period of July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008.

Normally, property tax bills are mailed in August and due by September 30. An exact date will be announced later this month, but Stevenson expects to mail the bills in September.

Approximately 16 percent of property taxes paid in Linn County go to Linn County government. The remainder goes to cities, school districts and other taxing bodies.

Residents of unincorporated Linn County do not pay city property taxes. Their property taxes go into a Rural Services fund that pays for things like roads and rural libraries. For rural residents, county taxes represent about one-third of their taxes.

The Treasurer’s Office is temporarily located on the upper level of Westdale Mall. Property taxes can be paid online at http://www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov

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