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Sales Tax Receipts on a Fiscal Year Basis

2014 2015 2016
October $516,851 $540,651 $542,380
November $490,191 $526,537 $525,720
December $482,963 $517,585 $513,862
January $527,768
$502,729 $536,924
February $564,459
$596,772 $687,038
March $462,390
$475,034
$496,569
April $507,816
$481,296
$518,579
           
May $508,022
$554,336
$612,505
June $511,482
$522,472
$554,652
           
July $523,697
$547,985
$579,214
August $534,876
$559,617
$626,362
September $520,111
$537,616
$599,047
Total $6,150,625
$6,362.629
$6,792,851
City Sales Tax
City of Columbus has received voter approval eight times since 1995 for a one percent or one-half percent city sales tax. Currently, the local sales tax rate is one and one-half percent. Through March of 2017, the 1% is allocated 90% for capital improvements, including street and drainage projects and may be used to repay debt for the same types of projects and 10% for economic development, not to exceed $300,000 per year. The one half of one percent authorizes the issuance of up to $5,350,000 of bonds and provides funds for installing field turf and replacement of the running track at Memorial Stadium in Pawnee Park, expansion of Pawnee Plunge, planning and design for a Library / Cultural Arts facility and funds the annual operating costs of aquatic facilities.

Property Tax
A common question asked is how much of the total property tax bill goes to the City of Columbus. Property taxes are divided up among several different taxing entities. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the total property tax levy for a house in Columbus is 1.939517.

Example
For an example of the breakdown, we'll illustrate the breakdown using a home that is assessed at $100,000. The total property tax bill on that particular house would be $1,939.52. Of that total, $325.19 goes to the City of Columbus.

Where Else Does Your Money Go

The majority of the remaining money goes towards Columbus Public Schools and Platte County. The rest goes to other entities such as the Lower Loup Natural Resource District, Educational Service Unit #7, Central Community College, and the Platte County Agricultural Society.

Setting the ValuesProperty Tax Levy
The City Council sets the city portion of the property tax levy each year during the budget process. Platte County sets the assessed valuations, sends the property tax statements and collects the property taxes.