Crawford County 4th for getting the most value for property taxes

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By Ted Pennekamp


Budget hearings are coming up for the four school districts in Crawford County as well as the municipalities in the county and with the county board.

Each year, some residents of the county grumble a bit about their property taxes, but a study received from the state by the treasurer’s office may put property taxes for Crawford County residents in a somewhat different light. 

The study, released this year and conducted by SmartAsset, shows that Crawford County is ranked fourth best in the state for getting the best bang for their buck regarding property tax, school ratings and crime rate. The study was designed to highlight the counties where property tax dollars are being spent most effectively, according to SmartAsset, a financial technology company.

Calumet County topped the list of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Buffalo County was second. Taylor County was third and Crawford County was fourth. Iron County was fifth, Price County sixth, Marquette County seventh, Ozaukee County eighth, Kewaunee County ninth, and Door County 10th.

Calumet County was listed as having a property tax rate of 1.93 percent in 2017. It had a school rating of 10 for all the schools within the county. There were 670 crimes per 100,000 people and the overall value index was 77.30.

Crawford County had a property tax rate of 2.03 percent, a school rating of 9, a crime rate of 1,298 per 100,000 people and an overall value index of 60.71.

As a way to measure the quality of schools, the study calculated the average math and reading/language arts proficiencies for all the school districts in the county. Within each state, these schools were then ranked between 1 and 10 (with 10 being the best) based upon those average scores.

For each county, the violent and property crimes per 100,000 residents were calculated.

Using the school and crime numbers, the community score was calculated. This is the ratio of the school rank to the combined crime rate per 100,000 residents.

Used in the study were the number of households, median home value and average property tax rate to calculate a per capita property tax collected for each county.

Finally, a tax value was calculated by creating a ratio of the community score to the per capita property tax paid. This shows the counties where people are getting the most bang for their buck, or where property tax dollars are going the furthest.

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