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Board of Education to consider another decrease in the tax rate

bar graph showing tax rate decrease from year 2010 to 2022The USD 232 Board of Education at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, August 1, approved publication of the proposed budget for the 2022-23 school year – which calls for yet another decrease in the tax rate.

If the budget is approved next month, it will represent nearly 12 years of consecutive decreases in the school district mill levy (tax rate). Since 2010, the Board of Education decreased the tax rate by 22.5 mills.

The public hearing on the proposed budget is set for September 12, at 6:00 p.m., at the Board of Education.

Revenue Neutral Rate

Although the tax rate continues to decrease in USD 232, the district will collect more revenue over the next school year because assessed valuation increased. The Board is required to hold a public hearing regarding the revenue neutral rate, which is also scheduled for September 12, at 6:00 p.m., at the Board of Education.

All properties of Johnson County residents are included in a number of taxing subdivisions. Examples include the state, county, city, fire district, library and Park and Recreation district, among others. If a taxing subdivision receives more property tax revenue in the next budget year compared to the current year, they would be exceeding the revenue-neutral rate. Recent changes in state law require the county to mail an estimated tax notice on behalf of a subdivision that plans to exceed the revenue-neutral rate. The notice also serves as notification for a public hearing required to take place by a subdivision that plans to exceed the revenue neutral rate.

In early August, Johnson County Government will mail all Johnson county residents a single estimated tax notice on behalf of taxing subdivisions. The form will include data on specific property values and taxes as well as dates, times and locations of upcoming public hearings. Learn more about this topic and see a template of the estimated tax notice at jocogov.org/EstimatedTaxNotice.

Costs and Inflation

The Board of Education, working with administration, ensures funds are used wisely and efficiently. Because of inflation and other factors, certain costs are expected to increase during the 2022-23 school year. Examples of increases for the 22-23 school year:

  • Worker’s Comp – 21% increase
  • Property/Liability – 25% increase
  • Health Insurance – 12% increase
  • Copy Paper – 60% increase
  • Transportation – approximately 11%
  • Motor Fuel – approximately 35%
  • Utilities – approximately 7%
  • Salaries and Benefits – approximately 5%

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