On average, Mandan residents can expect to see a 12 percent increase on the tax bills in their mailboxes this week. And those in rural Morton County will average 8 percent.

Last year, there was a 12 percent credit paid by the state. For a $250,000 home, the sum of the collections for the various agencies last year was $2,972, but the property owner only had to pay $2,615 of that, said County Auditor Dawn Rhone.

The total for this year is $2,933 for an increase paid of $318.

Rhone said county tax collections will go from $858 down to $741, city collection will go up from $662 to $723, school district collections will go from $1,140 to $1,159 and parks will for from $312 to $310.

Total tax collections countywide will amount to $37,215,561, Rhone said.

The city had the highest increase of all the taxing entities, which local officials said was driven by a decrease in sale tax collections, a decrease in fuel tax distributions that pay for roads and loss of the city’s oil and gas “hub” status.

That loss in funding is then compounded by the city having to provide the same services to increasing geographical area and population.

“It isn’t fun to raise anybody’s taxes,” Mayor Tim Helbling said as the budget was being proposed. “But we’re looking at the overall good of the community and trying to do what’s right.”

About 580 property owners in the city will also see their property values increase by $3,000 or more, or 10 percent. Countywide that number is 966, said Rhone.

On average, valuation increases countywide were closer to 4.6, a decrease compared to previous years.

Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com

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