Mill levy impact minimal
Although the Baldwin School District's mill levy slightly increased for the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the effect to taxpayers won't be much, according to Supt. Paul Dorathy.
The district's mill levy increased 1.124 mills from 55.016 to 56.140 for this year. That 1.124 mills will increase taxes a total of $22.62 for the entire fiscal year on a house that is appraised at $175,000.
"For a year on a $175,000 house, their taxes went up $22.62," Dorathy said. "If you want that by month, it went up $1.89 per month.
"It did raise people's taxes, there is no question about that," he said. "The impact will not be significant, but for some people $1.89 a month is significant."
To figure the tax increase for the year, a taxpayer must multiply the appraised value of their house times 11.5 percent or 0.115, which will give the assessed value of their property. That number is then multiplied times the mill levy increase, which is 0.001124 when properly figured.
The district's assessed valuation increased this year from $73,318,922 to $74,550,345. Dorothy said Baldwin was one of only a handful of district's to see an increase in assessed valuation this year.
"When I went to Topeka to talk about our valuation, which went up about 2 percent, I was told very few school districts in the state of Kansas had their valuations go up," Dorathy said. "In fact, a lot of them had valuations go down, which means those taxpayers' mills had to be raised to do the same amount of money. We were equal with Blue Valley, whose valuation only went up 2 percent also. They were about the same as us in valuation percentage increase."