Where would I pay the lowest and highest property taxes?


I posed that question to John A. Adams – Property Tax Manager for the Office of Auditor.  For the purposes of this exercise, I asked John to assume the residence was assessed at $300K.    Now I know several media sources like to quote taxes based upon $100K assessments, but even the newest homes being offered as affordable housing seem to have a starting price of around $180K.

When I look at the highs and lows illustrated in this table, I wonder if taxpayers are really cognizant of where their property taxes go and how much they are paying?  If you had to write out a check every six months for $1500 to $3000 would you be more aware of the amount of property taxes you are paying versus including it in your monthly mortgage payments.

The table below does illustrate that where you live is important when it comes to how much you will pay in property taxes.  You might want to pay attention to those taxes the next time you buy or build a home.

For additional information on property taxes, go to Property Tax Services.

Lowest in a City
In which City and School District?
Property Location 2009-2010 Levy Property Taxes with no Rollback Residential Taxes on $300,000 $300,000 House with Homestead House with Homestead  & Veterans
City/School Rates and no Credits House Credit Only Exemption
Bertram City/Cedar Rapids School 25.43227 7,630 3,478 3,388 3,341
Bertram City/Mt. Vernon School 29.02462 8,707 3,970 3,867 3,813
Robins City/Cedar Rapids School 30.60584 9,182 4,186 4,078 4,021
Highest in a City
In which City and School District?
Property Location 2009-2010 Levy Property Taxes with no Rollback Residential Taxes on $300,000 $300,000 House with Homestead House with Homestead  & Veterans
City//School Rates and no Credits House Credit Only Exemption
Center Point City/Center Point School 40.18171 12,055 5,496 5,353 5,279
Marion City/Linn Mar School 41.50177 12,451 5,676 5,529 5,452
Cedar Rapids City/Linn Mar School 42.62398 12,787 5,830 5,679 5,600
Lowest in a Township (Rural Area)
In which Township and School District?
Property Location 2009-2010 Levy Property Taxes with no Rollback Residential Taxes on $300,000 $300,000 House with Homestead House with Homestead  & Veterans
Township/School/Fire Dist. Rates and no Credits House Credit Only Exemption
Boulder Township/Monticello School/Fire 4 23.77930 7,134 3,252 3,168 3,124
Marion Township/Cedar Rapids School 25.51470 7,654 3,490 3,399 3,352
Clinton Township/Cedar Rapids School/Fire 6 25.60043 7,680 3,501 3,411 3,363
Highest in a Township (Rural Area)
In which Township and School District?
Property Location 2009-2010 Levy Property Taxes with no Rollback Residential Taxes on $300,000 $300,000 House with Homestead House with Homestead  & Veterans
Township/School/Fire Dist. Rates and no Credits House Credit Only Exemption
Maine Township/Linn Mar School 31.18937 9,357 4,266 4,155 4,098
Marion Township/Linn Mar School 31.82605 9,548 4,353 4,240 4,181
Linn Township/Linn Mar School 32.07528 9,623 4,387 4,273 4,214
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