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Property tax increase of over 3% being proposed for Mason City


This news story was published on February 18, 2021.
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Mayor Bill Schickel and City Hall may be coming for a big tax increase to by imposed on Mason City property owners.

MASON CITY – A sizable tax increase of over 3% is being considered for Mason City property owners.

A City Hall memo posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, states that the town council will consider a property tax increase of 3.58%.  The memo claims, “Increase in Regular General levy is due to increase in additional taxable valuation. Increase in Tort is due to additional property valuation which increased insurance cost. Increase in Police & Fire Retirement is due to increase in wages subject to retirement and increase in the retirement rate from MFPRSI. Increase in FICA & IPERS is due to an increase in wages subject to the payroll tax. Increase in Other Employee Benefits is due to increased health costs.”

Back in 2013, NIT was the only local media to attend and report upon a very important meeting that has impacted this possible property tax increase for the steadfast Mason City property owners.  The Conference Board – comprised of officials from city hall, the school board and the board of supervisors – met in February of that year.  Their apparent aim was to drum up new funds by setting loose upon the community a newly-hired assessor.  This employee was to unleash her minions and go door-to-door and assess properties in the community at higher rates whenever they deemed they could do so.

Dana Shipley’s assessments will pay dividends for city hall for years to come, at the expense of hard-working property owners.  Elections matter, some say.

At this meeting, Mason City Assessor Dana Naumann (now known as Dana Shipley and remains on the job to this day), advocated for spending $1 million on a project that would assess all properties in Mason City. The Conference Board approved the idea after a vote on the matter. The $1 million dollars was paid for by taxpayers; as NIT reported, “Naumann explained that the project is needed because many properties in Mason City are under-valued and over-valued and in the interest of fairness, the project should be done. The project will cost the average Mason City taxpayer $55 over the course of 5 years.”

In 2016, the project was undertaken when the assessor’s office announced door-to-door inspections of all residential properties in Mason City and Cerro Gordo County would begin on approximately June 1 of that year. Once the project was complete, Naumann explained to NIT, the other three taxing entities involved (Council and Mayor; Supervisors and the Mason City School Board) “should have more property value to levy against.”

If you have concerns about this tax increase, the town council will hold a public hearing on March 2, 2021, via ZOOM, at which you may voice your opinion.

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17 Responses to Property tax increase of over 3% being proposed for Mason City

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    Cj Reply Report comment

    February 22, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    The new apartment complex downtown gets ten years free no property tax

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 21, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Legalize marijuana. It’s a great tax dollar generator. I’m tired of hearing how bad it is. Alcohol is the number 1 gateway drug. If you don’t want to smoke it, don’t.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 21, 2021 at 2:25 am

    why does clear lake spend hundreds of thousands or even millions and just anounced no new taxes 4th year in a row, answer flory

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 19, 2021 at 2:20 am

    just what I said. the ice rink , by there words, “wont cost the taxpayers anything”. they just transfer funds from one to the other then say “have to raise taxes to pay the oeiginal funds. ya, haha, wont cost taxpayers. what a joke

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 19, 2021 at 2:47 pm

      I agree, mason city is a joke!

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 19, 2021 at 7:23 pm

        can’t decide if l am laughing with you or at you

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    Just Sayin Reply Report comment

    February 18, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    I would conclude there is serious mismanagement of Mason City’s tax dollars.

    Zero Leadership!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 18, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    why does the board set their pay so high? not just hers but all of them? heard about a vacation they took with their husband’s to Canada and the taxpayer paid. Chris watt tring to kill health agency but oks paying Canada vacation.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 18, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Our city taxes are just the beginning. Just think what will happen in the next few years at the federal level. Take a look at recent gas prices, by summer if we abandon our previous energy strategy(which biden is doing)gas will probably be back to 3 bucks or more.(oil is around 60 and climbing)
    Its going to be spend spend spend and then tax tax tax.. And fellow business owners hang on to your hats.
    In regard to downtown, I guess what is done is done and we have to live with it. Eventually it will have to be taxed to cover the costs. The winner the shady mall owner.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 18, 2021 at 10:37 am

    And of course it has nothing to do with all of the wasted and scurrilous spending on the Downtown Renaissance project.. Or should I say,
    Non-existent Downtown Renaissance project.
    This has been FUBAR from the start..

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      NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      February 18, 2021 at 11:26 am

      Robin and Eric’s Hotel, LLC, will offset the many, many millions of taxpayer expense by renting many, many rooms and then the loads of state tax generated by those sales will pour in to the City coffers, thereby paying back the taxpayers those many, many millions of dollars. Has to be true.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 18, 2021 at 4:10 pm

        Sounds very democratic

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 19, 2021 at 9:26 am

        I have said for years this would happen and no one would listen. The downtown is dead and will stay dead.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 19, 2021 at 10:00 am

          Too bad the same isn’t true for you

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            Anonymous

            February 19, 2021 at 7:22 pm

            then..who will pay the taxes?

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            Anonymous

            February 19, 2021 at 8:35 pm

            Tell your a good liberal.