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City of Sturgeon Bay explains property tax hike

Many Sturgeon Bay residents opened their mailed property tax bills this week and were surprised at a considerable tax increase from 2019.  City of Sturgeon Bay Administrator Josh Van Lieshout says he and several council members have been fielding many calls from residents and business owners about their tax bills.  The two main drivers determining property tax payments are the overall tax levy imposed on all property throughout the city, and the assessed land and improvements value. This year, the Sturgeon Bay City Council passed a $7.9 million levy for 2021, which was about a 1.1 percent increase over 2020.  The Sturgeon Bay Schools’ levy rose just over 19 percent, while the Door County levy went up about one percent, and the NWTC levy rose by 1.9 percent.  The city has been re-assessing properties for the first time in nearly 15 years, and Van Lieshout says residential properties showed the most significant increase in value.



Van Lieshout says the total value within Sturgeon Bay increased $124 million, with most of the levy burden falling on residential property.  He says that is why the city makes efforts to grow the commercial and manufacturing base to lessen the impact on residents.  The City of Sturgeon Bay did the assessments this year to address past “dark store” arguments and keep assessed values close to the fair market values in line with state statutes.  You can listen to the entire conversation with Josh Van Lieshout on the podcast page.

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