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Tax request increases stay below valuation increases for 2009-10 PDF Print E-mail


By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

When tax statements for the first half of property taxes go out in mid-December, taxpayers shouldn’t be hit with a lot of sticker shock this year.
Last year, the major tax entities took advantage of an increase in property valuations to increase tax askings.
But the 2009-10 budget year, percentage increases in tax requests stayed behind the percentage increase in valuations as a whole in Chase County.
For the 2009 tax year, certified property valuations for Chase County increased an average of 9.75 percent over the 2008 valuations.
The taxing entities which represent the largest percentage of tax asking as a whole—Chase County, Chase County Schools, Wauneta-Palisade Schools, City of Imperial and the Village of Wauneta—all kept their tax requests increases below the increase in valuations.
In fact, Chase County actually dropped their 2009 tax request 3.26 percent below the 2008 request.
Wauneta-Palisade Schools (WPS)was the only entity that bumped up their tax asking to near the percentage increase in valuations.
Valuation for the WPS increased 8.47 percent for the 2009 tax year. Their tax request increased by $128,872 over last year, which represented a 7.04 percent increase.
The City of Imperial showed the next highest percentage of tax increase at 4.94 percent over last year.
The Village of Wauneta increased their tax asking by 3.01 percent over last year.
Chase County School’s 2009 tax request exceeded last year’s request by only 1.49 percent compared to an increase in valuation of 9.88 percent.
The Upper Republican Natural Resources District kept their tax asking for 2009 at the same level it requested in 2008.
A chart on page 16 shows a tax levy breakdown for each taxing district in Chase County.
It also shows the total tax levy for each district that’s being assessed against property for the 2009 tax year.
The chart also shows valuations of the various tax entities, the amount of tax requests in 2008-09 and 2009-10, as well as the increase or decrease in those requests.
Where your tax dollar goes
The following shows a breakdown of where your tax dollar goes in the 2009-10 budget year.
If you’re a resident of Imperial your tax dollar breaks down this way:
City of Imperial    $ 0.33
Chase County Schools    $ 0.44
Chase County    $ 0.15
Upper Republican NRD    $ 0.03
Mid-Plains CC/ESU #15    $ 0.05
$ 1.00
If you’re a rural resident of Imperial your tax dollar breaks down this way:
Chase County    $ 0.22
Chase County Schools    $ 0.65
Upper Republican NRD    $ 0.05
Mid-Plains CC/ESU #15    $ 0.07
Fire Protection    $ 0.01
$ 1.00
If you’re a resident of Wauneta your tax dollar breaks down this way:
Village of Wauneta    $ 0.25
Wauneta-Palisade Schools    $ 0.49
Chase County    $ 0.17
Upper Republican NRD    $ 0.04
Mid-Plains CC/ESU #15    $ 0.05
$ 1.00
If you’re a rural resident of Wauneta your tax dollar breaks down this way:
Chase County    $ 0.22
Wauneta-Palisade Schools    $ 0.63
Upper Republican NRD    $ 0.05
Mid-Plains CC/ESU #15    $ 0.07
Fire Protection    $ 0.03
$ 1.00

 

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