Athens village tax increase
Overall property tax mil rate will increase 11.8 percent or $2.31
The owner of a $100,000 home in the village of Athens will see a large, $172 increase in his or her 2019-20 property taxes, but only $5 of that amount is because of the village levy, the Athens Village Board was told on Monday.
Board members approved next year’s village budget and levy, but also got a report of next year’s overall property taxes.
Trustees agreed to increase the village’s tax rate five cents from $6.81 per thousand dollars of property in the village in 2018-19 to $6.86 in 2019-20. The village of Athens’ total tax levy will increase $8,112, from $332,150 in 2018-19 to $340,262 in 2019-20.
In the approved budget for next year, Village of Athens revenues will decrease $38,389 from $635,850 in 2018-19 to $597,461 in 2019-20. Village spending will follow suit, decreasing $30,277 from $968,000 in 2018-19 to $937,723 in 2019-20.
Board members were told to expect bigger total property bills in the village.
Seventy-one cents of the village’s overall tax rate increase is the result of Athens School District losing state aid to a school voucher program at St. Anthony’s Catholic School.
Residents in the village of Athens who own a $100,000 house will see a $172 increase in their total tax bill in 2019-20 from a combination of village, school district, Marathon County and Northcentral Technical College taxes. A village of Athens resident owning a $150,000 home will see a $287 increase in taxes in 2019-20, and the owner of a $200,000 house will see a $403 increase.
Board members were told the village’s total property tax in 2019-20 will be $1,454,455. The village’s total tax mil rate will increase from $19.59 this year to $21.90 per thousand dollars of asessed property value.
This calculates to an increase of $2.31 or 11.8 percent.
In other village news:
_ The Athens Village Board approved daily rate increases for village residents and non-residents renting village facilities, beginning on Jan. 1, 2020. A village resident will pay $25 per hour and $250 per day to rent Athens Community Hall, where a non-village resident will pay $30 per hour and $300 per day to rent the same facility.
A village resident will pay $100 each day to rent Erbach Park and a nonvillage resident will pay $150 each day to rent the same park. Athens village residents will no longer pay a daily charge to use Athens Park, but non-village residents will need to pay $100 per day.
The village of Athens doesn’t charge a rental fee for people wanting to use Memorial Park, because the park cannot be reserved.
_ The next Athens Village Board meeting is at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, in the municipal hall. The Athens Area Fire Commission meeting is at 7 p.m. in the fire hall meeting room.