Oneida mayor explains tax bill

City of Oneida Mayor Peter Hedglon issued some suggestions for recipients of the 2009 City and County Tax Bills on how to read the real property tax bills that most taxpayers will receive on January 2, 2009.

The first thing that most people look at is the "Total Tax Due," item "A" on the sample tax bill. Many people think the Total Tax Due is their City of Oneida tax that is the amount they put on the check delivered to the City Chamberlain; however, the Total Tax Due is the total of County tax and City tax, as well as Oneida (Public) Library District tax and Hydrant tax, if applicable.

The individual tax amounts are shown in the middle part of the bill. On the sample bill, the County Tax is shown at item "B," the City tax is item "C" and the Library tax is item "D." On the sample tax bill, the County tax is 53% of the Total Tax Due, the City tax is 44%, and the Library tax is 3%.

The Oneida Public Library is a school district library, which means it is authorized to impose a real property tax on property within the boundaries of its service area, the same area served by the Oneida City School District. The Library is a legal entity separate and distinct from the City of Oneida. The City has no control over the Library or its budget, which is voted on each year by voters living within the Library's service area. Library taxes are collected by the City Chamberlain and delivered to the Library.

The tax bill also shows the Taxable Assessed Values, item "E, and Rates per $1,000.00, item "F," used in calculation of the tax due for each taxing entity. The Taxable Assessed Value can vary by entity depending on what exemptions might be applicable.

Total Assessed Value is 100% of the full market value as of May 1, 2008, the Taxable Status Date, based on the condition and use of the property on that date.

The 2009 City and County Tax Bill is due on February 4, 2009. The bill shows the penalties assessed if paid after that date.

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