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De Soto’s overall mill levy to increase

August 6, 2009

With all the jurisdictions with taxing authority in De Soto having published their 2010 budget in the last month, it appears city residents will see an 0.8- or 2.749-mill increase in their overall mill levies next year.

The combined mill levies of the six jurisdictions with taxing authority in De Soto in their 2010 published budgets total 134.737 mills. That compares to a combined 2009 total of 133.757 mills for that part of the city served by the De Soto Fire Department and 131.988 mills for that part of the city now in Johnson County Rural Fire District No. 3.

De Soto USD 232 and Johnson County government maintained 2009 mill levies in their published budgets.

The proposed budget for the city of De Soto, which saw a 5.7 percent or $3.3 million valuation decrease in the past year, would raise the city’s mill levy that supports its three property tax supported funds by 1.655 mills.

Also published in the last month was the proposed operating budget for Johnson County Community College. It would maintain the college’s current levy of 8.749 mills. To make up some of the revenue from decreased valuation and loss of state aid — the college will operate on $8.4 less in the next fiscal year — JCCC will increase tuition $4 for in-state students and $10 an hour for out-of-state students..

County residents will pay $69 per credit hour this fall, Kansas residents not from Johnson County will pay $84 per credit hour, and out-of-state students will pay $159 per credit hour.

Published budgets establish maximum expenditures and revenue amounts for jurisdictions. Mill levy rates in the published budgets are based on July 1 valuation estimates provided by the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office, and could change when final valuation numbers are established in the fall.

For those living in the current De Soto Fire Department service area, the city’s mill levy increase is offset by a decrease in mill levy needed to support fire service. In 2009, the mill levy to support city fire department, which served mostly old-town De Soto, was 10.128 mills. Johnson County Rural Fire District No. 3’s 2009 mill levy was 8.359 mills.

The published budget for the Northwest Johnson County Consolidated Fire District, which will come into existence Jan. 1, 2010, will be 9.666 mills.

Although always minimal, one final mill levy that appears on De Soto tax statements is that for the De Soto Cemetery. The De Soto Cemetery Board published a budget last week that would decrease the 2010 mill levy to 0.126 mills from the 0.338 rate in 200

In all

A mill is $1 of taxation on $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The budget hearing for the city of De Soto will be a 7 p.m. Aug. 20. De Soto USD 232’s budget hearing will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 17.


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