Archive for Thursday, December 6, 2001

Tax appraisals reflect growth, interest in Eudora community

December 6, 2001

Property owners in Eudora should be expecting tax appraisals in their mailboxes if they haven't already gotten them. The news shouldn't be too surprising because the mill levy increased by about 4 percent, a fairly normal rate, said Douglas County Appraiser Marion Johnson.

Both Baldwin and Lawrence increased as well, he said. Last year's mill levy was 105.339, and for 2002 the mill levy is 109.089 in Eudora.

Property owners were sent notices of the property's reappraisal in March, Johnson said.

"The city, county, school district all had their budget hearings and estimated their mill levy," he said. "We took (the property) value times the mill levy."

The 109 mills include those entities but exclude the recently-passed school bond, which added 12.66 mills. Johnson said the bond mills could appear next year, after the bonds are sold.

Property owners might notice another number went up. Johnson said property value appraisals went up between 6 and 8 percent from the previous spring.

"That's been pretty normal," he said.

Johnson didn't think appraisals would rise as steeply in the next year. However, the types of homes people are buying plays a large factor in the increased valuations.

"People are paying more for houses in Eudora," he said. "It's a community people seem to have a lot of interest in."

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