by Judy Killen-Originally published in the Yellowstone County News.
LOCKWOOD — The Yellowstone County treasurer’s office is sending corrected tax bills to Lockwood taxpayers this week to fund the Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District. An error resulted in the mill levy being omitted from the original property tax bills. County Treasurer Sherry Long told the Yellowstone County News on Monday that new, amended bills should go in the mail this week to about 4,000 taxpayers. The mill levy amounts to about $27 for a $200,000 home, she said. The tax payments are due May 31, the same deadline for paying the second half of 2015 property taxes. The 10-mill levy for the Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District was not listed in the taxing jurisdictions used by the Montana Department of Revenue to calculate tax bills. The Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District has the same boundaries as the Lockwood School District. Voters in the district approved the mill levy on Feb. 25, 2014. “After it was approved and passed, it was supposed to go onto 205 tax bills,” Long said. After it was omitted, the treasurer’s office prepared corrected bills that state the mill levy amount in bold letters and indicate that it’s been corrected from the original tax bill, she said.