Archive for Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Overall levy for city residents could increase nearly 4 mills

August 16, 2011

Although it is not yet set in stone, it appears homeowners in Tonganoxie will see about an overall 3.82 mill increase when the Leavenworth County Clerk mails tax statements in December.

Should the city of Tonganoxie and Tonganoxie Township approve their 2012 budgets as published — Leavenworth County and USD 464 have already approved budgets for the coming year — the overall mill levy in the city for 2012 would be 137.076 mills. That compares to an overall mill rate of 133.257 for the current year.

Tonganoxie USD 464 was the only taxing jurisdiction to decrease its mill levy for its next year. And the 0.019-mill decrease in the school district’s budget was not enough to offset even the 0.50 increase in the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission’s 2011-12 budget published with the school district budget but established by recreation commission (the school district and Tonganoxie Recreation Commission budgets are established for the fiscal year and their budget years started on July 1, 2011).

A mill equals $1 of revenue for each $1,000 of assessed valuation. At the 2012 overall mill rate, the tax on a home in Tonganoxie appraised at $150,000 would be $2,318.56. The tax on a $150,000 home for 2011 was $2,252.68.

However, many homes in Tonganoxie decreased in appraised valuation in the past year. So some homeowners could see their property taxes for 2012 stay steady or decrease despite the overall mill increases.

A $330,000 valuation decrease in the last year contributed to the city’s mill increase. The school district did not share that dilemma and saw its general fund valuation increase from $82.59 million last year to $84.02 million this year while the valuation of all other funds increased from $90.89 million to $92.36 million. The valuation for the state general fund levy, which produces revenue from the statewide 20-mill levy, is lower because it excuses $20,000 of valuation on all residential properties.

Tonganoxie Township saw its overall valuation increase by about $800,000.

The Tonganoxie City Council will consider its 2012 budget Monday. It can agree to decrease expenditures from those in the published budget but cannot increase them without republishing the budget. The Tonganoxie Township Board of Trustees will consider its 2012 budget at 7 p.m. Thursday at the township fire station.

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