Each taxing district within the County must certify a tax levy and special assessments to the County Auditor/Treasurer. The Auditor/Treasurer tabulates all of these levies and special assessments and then calculates the amount real estate, personal, and mobile home tax will be paid by each property owner in the County based on the valuations certified to the Auditor/Treasurer by the County Assessor. Upon completion of the calculation of the tax, statements are distributed to all taxpayers indicating the amount of tax due and the due date.
After each tax deadline, the Auditor/Treasurer must reconcile all collections for accuracy and payout to each taxing district their appropriate share of the taxes collected. State Statutes specify when these payments must be made. All real estate transactions for property located in the County are processed through the Auditor/Treasurer's Office either to collect deed or mortgage registry tax or to make changes to the ownership of property.
The Auditor/Treasurer's Office maintains the ownership records in the tax system daily or as needed. Chippewa County has approximately 9,400 tax parcels. After the beginning of the new year, the Auditor/Treasurer publishes a list of delinquent taxes in the official paper of the County. Upon request, the Auditor/Treasurer certifies under the seal of their office indicating thereon whether taxes are paid or unpaid.