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How Your Tax Dollars Are Allocated Throughout County Areas

August 6, 2019
By Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

by Anesa McGregor

As citizens of Palo Alto county, millions of tax dollars are paid into the county every year, but do you really know where those tax dollars end up.

Do you know how today's tax flow dollars compare to the last two years?

Your tax dollars are split between 10 different entities by percentages set by the state.

Those entities and their percentage are: Area Colleges, three percent; Brucellosis & Tuberculosis Eradication Fund, .01percent; County, 35 percent; Assessor, one percent; All Corporations, 13 percent; All Townships, one percent; Hospital, seven percent; Special: Fire, LI San. Dist., .27 percent; All Schools, 39 percent; and Ag. Extension, one percent.

The Brucellosis & Tuberculosis Eradication Fund can be found in the Iowa Code 165.18.

Under All Townships you wind is Fire Districts, Township Halls, and Township Cemeteries.

Included in Special is Benefited Fire Districts and Lost Island Sanitary Sewer District.

The following table shows the comparisons for the last three years and the tax dollar allocations for each area.

There has been an increase for the last two years.

In 2018-2019 taxes totaled $ 517,726.66 higher than the previous year, about a 2.4 percent increase.

The same is shown for 2019-2020. This year is $ 495,4793.25 higher than 2018-2019, about 2.3 percent, which is actually less than the prior tax year.

Area 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020

Area Colleges $ 708,542.80 $ 816,066.57 $ 7 94,242.51

Bruc. & TB $ 2,188.28 $ 2,087.29 $ 2,079.57

County $ 7,731,468.16 $ 7,869,103.04 $ 7,986,628.58

Assessor $ 265,647.52 $ 270,025.53 $ 270,349.89

All Corporations $ 2,746,861.32 $ 2,828,494.55 $ 2,847,070.07

All Townships $ 154,904.11 $ 148,433.80 $ 153,704.99

Hospital $ 1,397,661.91 $ 1,425,088.79 $ 1,470,584.59

Special: Fire, L.I. San. Dist.$ 57,204.69 $ 59,155.31 $ 61,009.55

All Schools $ 8,270,657.22 $ 8,430,223.25 $ 8,737,396.14

Ag. Extension $ 175,830.10 $ 180,014.64 $ 201,106.13

Total $ 21,510,966.11 $ 22,028,692.77 $ 22,524,172.02

 
 
 

 

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