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City receives crash course in property tax collections from county assessor


November 28, 2019

DAYTON—Many of us don’t fully understand the ins and outs of property tax collections for governmental bodies.

Columbia County Assessor Chris Mills shed some light on the subject at last week’s special city council meeting.

Mills said the City of Dayton is allowed to increase its budget for property tax collection by 1 percent over what the city received in 2019, if not reduced by Fire District 3 and the Library District levies.

She said the grand total that could have been received in 2019 is $420,121, making the one percent increase for the 2020 tax year $4,201.

She went on to say,...

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