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Wabaunsee County 2024 Budget (levies will be applied in November 2023)

Where will the Public Hearings be held?

Each taxing entity is required to host a public hearing if they plan to utilize more property taxes than the previous year. Click on the 2024 Budget Hearing List below to see the list of public hearings for the current budget period.

What is Revenue Neutral?

Revenue neutral is when a taxing jurisdiction budgets the exact same amount of property tax revenue, in dollars, for the upcoming budget year as they did for the current year. 

For example:  If a taxing entity uses $1 million of property tax revenue in 2023, being revenue neutral means they plan to only use $1 million in 2024 as well. 

If a taxing jurisdiction plans to use more property tax revenue in the next budget year compared to the current year, even $1 more, they would exceed revenue neutral and need to hold a public hearing.

What is the Revenue Neutral Rate (RNR)?

The revenue neutral rate is the mill levy rate to generate the exact same amount of property tax revenue as the year before, using the current tax year's total assessed valuation.

Why are we letting you know about the taxpayer notification form?

Due to the new law in place to promote transparency, we want to help property owners understand the notification. The notification is sent to explain each jurisdiction's intent (or non-intent) to exceed revenue neutral (use more property tax revenues than the year before).

What do I need to do?

The mailed notice is not a bill; it is for information purposes only. No action is needed at this time. If you would like to attend a meeting to learn more, please refer to the list of public hearings.

Will my property taxes increase as much as my appraised value increased?

Property values are simply a reflection of property sales in the local real estate market and/or improvements or changes made to an individual property. When property values increase, that does not necessarily mean more property taxes will be assessed. In essence, the valuation of property determines each owner’s slice of the pie, but not the size of the pie.

Property taxes are determined by taxing entities such as local cities and counties, school districts, libraries, police, and fire departments when they determine yearly budgets. 


Your Wabaunsee County Tax Bill

If you own a home, land, or business in Wabaunsee County, you receive a property tax bill from the Treasurer. You may pay in full in December or make half-payments in December and May.  Your tax bill may also be paid as part of your mortgage payment each month.

Just because you pay your property taxes to Wabaunsee County does not mean Wabaunsee County keeps all that money. Instead, only about 40 cents out of every dollar goes to fund County services. The remainder goes to the state, cities, school districts, townships or other special districts based on your property address.

Wabaunsee County Use of Tax Dollars: 

Where Does It Go?