Mill levy rises in UG plan
The administrator of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., has proposed an 8.9 percent increase in the mill levy to fund operations in 2012.
Dennis Hays presented his budget proposal this week.
The Unified Government’s mill levy is the combined total of the Kansas City, Kan., city and Wyandotte County levies.
Mike Taylor, Unified Government public relations director, said an 8.9 percent increase means the UG levy (city plus county tax rate) would rise from 74.7 mills to 81.3 mills.
Broken down, the Kansas City, Kan., city portion of the levy would increase from 40.6 mills to 45.1 mills; the county portion of the levy would go from 34.0 mills to 36.2 mills.
A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.
Because of falling valuations, Hays said, owners of a median-priced home would pay about $25 less in property taxes for 2012 than they did for 2009.
Commissioners will have a series of meetings this month, beginning at 4 p.m. today, to discuss the budget. Sessions are in Room 614 of the Municipal Office Building, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan.
Time and dates for the other meetings are:
• 7 p.m. Monday, July 18
• 4 p.m. Thursday, July 21
• 4 p.m. Monday, July 25
If needed, an optional budget work session will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 28. A public hearing regarding the 2011 revised/2012 budget will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 28.