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The Village of Howard will be collecting property taxes for all village properties beginning in December 2019. The real property and personal property tax bills will need to be paid directly to the Village of Howard and not to the county treasurer. This notice is being made now in the hopes that property owners who utilize escrow accounts with financial institutions and mortgage companies will have enough time to notify these companies about this change to ensure remittance payments are made directly to the Village of Howard.
State statutes require municipalities within the state to collect property taxes for annual tax bills but also allows municipalities to contract with the county for collection services. The village has utilized the county treasurer for collection services the past 28 years. Over these past 28 years, circumstances have changed with how the county remits payments to the village, and interest rates on cash deposits have increased in recent years. The village has decided to make this change for tax bills issued in December 2019.
Checks for payment can be made out to the Village of
Howard and may be brought to or mailed to: Howard Village Hall, 2456 Glendale Ave., Howard, WI 54313. No banks will be used to assist
in tax collections for this upcoming tax year, and no website will be used for
collections. The village is hopeful that
both website collections and banks will be utilized in December 2020. Cash and check collections will be accepted
for tax bills issued in December 2019. Howard Village Hall is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Please note that Village Hall will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.
After the January 31, 2020 installment due date, the tax
roll will be given to the county treasurer as the county will collect second
installment payments for all real property taxes. Personal property taxes will be collected by
the village before and after the due date of January 31, 2020. Again, this structure is established in Wisconsin
State Statutes in Chapter 74.