What’s this refuse management fee on my taxes?

Formerly known as the “solid waste fee”, the refuse management fee is charged to improved real estate and personal property parcels based on building type and classification. The collection of this fee began in 1990 to fund waste disposal and recycling programs in Cass County. The Cass County Board has historically supported a flat fee for funding these necessary services instead of funding these costs through the annual levy. This fee is uniformly applied to all identified improved parcels with an assessed value of at least $1,000, based on the following schedule. More information and the locations of recycling bins and waste disposal transfer stations can be found in the Solid Waste and Recycling document (PDF).

  •  Residential & seasonal properties - $66
  •  Commercial properties based on building value:     
    •  Under 9,999 - $66
    •  10,000 to 99,999 - $150
    •  100,000 to 499,999 - $300 
    •  500,000 & up - $500
  •  Apartment, per unit - $12
  •  Non-commercial tax-exempt buildings - $66

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1. How do I appeal the value of my property?
2. How do I get a property tax refund?
3. I didn’t pay my taxes last year - now what do I do?
4. I don’t understand how my property taxes are calculated. Where can I find help?
5. I just retired in Cass County and need to homestead my property here. How do I do that?
6. I just sold my property on a Contract for Deed - am I still responsible for the taxes?
7. I’m disabled - am I eligible for a tax reduction?
8. I moved - now what do I do?
9. I own a summer business which operates between May and August - when are my taxes due?
10. What’s this refuse management fee on my taxes?
11. When are my taxes due?
12. When do taxes start incurring penalties and can the penalties be waived?
13. Why did my classification change from Homestead to Non-Homestead?