Most Topekans will see a decrease in their annual property tax bill

Governing bodies for five entities that levy taxes paid by property owners in Topeka recently adopted 2017 budgets targeted at cutting taxes, while five others took action targeted at keeping their mill levies the same and one, Washburn University, adopted a tax increase. (2017 file photograph/The Capital-Journal)

Most Topekans should see a decrease of about $2 next year in their annual property tax bill.

 

Governing bodies for five entities that levy taxes paid by property owners in Topeka recently adopted 2017 budgets aiming to cut their mill levies, while five others took action targeted at keeping their levies the same and one, Washburn University, adopted an increase.

Next year’s anticipated property tax bill for the owner of a $100,000 home in Topeka Unified School District 501 is $1,837.50, down $2 from $1,839.50 this year.

The property tax bill assessed to Topekans living in USD 501 and owning a $100,000 home is anticipated to include:

$582.72, down from $584.99 this year, going to the school district.

$555.89, down from $555.97 this year, going to Shawnee County.

$459.16, the same as this year, going to the city of Topeka.

$112.48, the same as this year, going to the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

$48.30, the same as this year, going to the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority.

$38.10, up from $37.66 this year, going to Washburn University.

$23.60, down from $23.69 this year, going to the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority.

$17.25, the same as this year, going to the state of Kansas.

But while most Topekans live in USD 501, others in outlying areas of the city may be part of Seaman USD 345, Auburn-Washburn USD 437 or Shawnee Heights USD 450. The owner of a $100,000 home in those districts is anticipated to pay school taxes totaling:

$588.41, the same as this year, in Auburn-Washburn.

$595.85, down from $597.18 this year, in Seaman.

$595.26, down from $600.08 this year, in Shawnee Heights.

Changes adopted for next year in mill levies assessed by each of the 11 entities are detailed in a chart that accompanies this article.

The actual amounts may vary slightly, as the estimated levies are based on valuation estimates certfied in June by county appraiser Steve Bauman.

Levy rates and property valuations will be finalized in November.

Because of an increase this year in the value of taxable property in Shawnee County, a taxing entity that imposes the same tax rate as this year will receive more dollars from that tax next year.

Outside Topeka in Shawnee County, residents of the smaller cities of Rossville, Silver Lake, Auburn and Willard pay levies to those municipal governments.

Residents of the townships in Shawnee County’s unincorporated areas don’t pay a tax to any city, but they do pay most of the other levies, plus a levy to the township.

Contact reporter Tim Hrenchir at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.

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Property Tax LEVELS

This year Next year Change

State 1.500 1.500 0.000

County 48.345 48.338 -0.007

Topeka 39.927 39.927 0.000

TMTA 4.200 4.200 0.000

MTAA 2.060 2.052 -0.008

Library 9.781 9.781 0.000

Washburn 3.275 3.313 +0.038

USD 501 50.869 50.671 -0.198

USD 345 51.929 51.813 -0.116

USD 437 51.166 51.166 0.000

USD 450 52.181 51.762 -0.419

 

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