Archive for Thursday, August 28, 2003

Total tax bill shows slight hike

August 28, 2003

Basehor residents should notice a slight increase when paying their tax bills by the Dec. 20 deadline. The second half of tax payments will be due by May 10.

This year's total mill levy for city of Basehor residents increased slightly, from approximately 121.819 mills to 122.872 mills.

Budgets for each of the taxing districts in Basehor -- the state of Kansas, the Leavenworth County Commission, the city of Basehor, the Fairmount Township Fire Department, the Basehor-Linwood School District and the Basehor Community Library -- have been finalized.

When looking at the tax rolls, residents shouldn't see much of a difference; only Leavenworth County approved any increase more than one mill, approving a 1.04 mill increase, 40.140 mills to 41.180 mills. County officials said the mill levy was bumped up to compensate for approximately a $2.2 million budget reduction in state aid payments.

The fire department increased its mill levy slightly, 2.87 to 3 mills, as did the library, 3.226 to 3.248 mills.

The Basehor City Council held the line on taxes, 28.662 mills, as well as the state, 1.5 mills. The Basehor-Linwood School District decreased its mill levy, 45.401 to 45.282 mills, the second consecutive year the school district has rolled back taxes.

Although in looking at the mill levies there doesn't appear to be a substantial tax increase, officials do expect to derive more revenue from their mill levies in 2004 because of increased property valuations. The most recent property valuation assessments indicated Basehor residents will see a 28 percent increase, the largest increase in Leavenworth County.

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