As the community celebrates the 20th anniversary of voters approving the consolidation of the city and county governments to form the Unified Government, Mayor Mark Holland and the UG Commission are looking to a 2018 budget which maintains community momentum and again reduces property taxes.
The 2018 Proposed Budget recommends cutting the KCK property tax rate by 4.8%. That’s on top of a 4.6% reduction last year. In 1996, as the movement to form the Unified Government was underway, the owner of a $100,000 house paid $1,115 in city/county property tax. 20 years later in 2018, the owner of a $100,000 house will pay $905 in Unified Government property tax. That’s a reduction of $210, or nearly 19% less.
The budget uses $4.1-million of the $12.4-million in STAR Bond revenues to accomplish the property tax reduction. The STAR Bond revenues, generated by the bonds used to build Village West paying off five years early, also allow the Unified Government to increase public safety spending, launch the Stabilize, Occupy and Revitalize (SOAR) blight reduction effort, and pay for a number of other community services.
The 2018 Budget is built on the Strategic Plan and Goals set by the Commission as determined through retreats, the Citizen Survey, listening tours with thousands of citizens and operational studies. More