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First Dollar Credit: If you own property that has improvements on the property, you will automatically receive the First Dollar Credit. A typical residential tax bill will have the First Dollar Credit applied to the bill. If you just own land, with no structures/improvements, you are not eligible for the First Dollar Credit.
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The second installment of your tax bill is due no later than July 31. This payment must be made payable to "Racine County Treasurer" and mailed, dropped off at the County offices in either Burlington or Racine, or paid online. The second installment payments should not be mailed to the City. This will delay the posting of your payment and may result in delinquent charges being applied to your bill.
In both cases above, if the due date falls on an official Holiday, a weekend, or a date that City Hall or the County Offices are closed, payments are due the first business day following those dates. If you are unsure, please call the Treasurers office at 262-342-1170.
The City tax rate is determined by approved budgeted expenditures of the city for the upcoming year, then comparing those dollars to the total value of all property in the City. The tax rate, also called the MIL rate, is based on a per $1,000 of assessed value. The total tax rate for any given year is made up of several taxing districts: the State of Wisconsin, the Burlington School District, Gateway Technical College, Racine County and the City of Burlington. In addition, the overall Gross tax rates are reduced by State of Wisconsin credits and the total tax amount is reduced by the Lottery Credit and/or the First Dollar Credit.