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City property tax bills include non-deductible garbage fee
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City of Platteville property owners are receiving their property tax bills this week.

The tax bills reflect a lower mil rate on a property’s assessed value, but they also include a new charge — $60 for single-family homes, $120 for duplexes — that cannot be deducted from a homeowner’s income taxes.

City offices will be open weekdays through Jan. 31 to collect income tax payments, except Dec. 24–25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 and on Fridays in January.

According to City of Platteville Finance Director Duane Borgen, the new property tax bills are based on the total mil rate — the sum of city, Platteville School District, Grant County, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and state forestry mil rates — of $22.78 per $1,000 assessed valuation, down from $22.88 per $1,000 last year.

The owner of a $150,000 house will pay $3,417 in property taxes, down from $3,432 from last year, before the state First-Dollar Credit and the lottery credit, the latter of which is available only for owner-occupied homes.

Property tax payments are due in full to the city treasurer’s office by Thursday, Jan. 31. For payment through the installment method, the first half is due by Jan. 31 to the city treasurer’s office, and the rest is due to the Grant County treasurer’s office by Wednesday, July 31. Special assessments or charges and personal property taxes are due to the city by Jan. 31.

Property tax payments can be made by check to the City of Platteville and can be placed in the drop box in front of the Municipal Building or may be mailed to City of Platteville, ATTN: Treasurer’s Office, P.O. Box 780, Platteville, WI 53818. Payments also can be made online (with a fee); information is available at

This year’s tax bill includes the additional charge of $60 per single-family household and $120 per duplex for garbage collection.

“It is not deductible in the category that lists income taxes,” said Barb Stockhausen of H&R Block. Now that it’s separate, it’s not deductible off your taxes.”

The only exception would be for a home used for a business, including as a rental, in which case the fee could be deducted as a business expense, she said.