Property taxes to remain steady in Baldwin City, Eudora in coming year

With the county, cities and school districts approving 2020 budget earlier this month, it appears homeowners in Baldwin City and Eudora won’t have to set aside more to pay property taxes in the coming year, assuming their homes didn’t jump in value.

Baldwin City residents will see a slight decrease in the overall mill levy represented by the city government, the Baldwin City school district and Douglas County.

The Douglas County Commission approved on Aug. 14 a 2020 budget that increased the mill levy from 46.015 in 2019 to 46.394 mills. The county’s increase of 0.379 mills was more than offset by the Baldwin City school board’s approval of a 2019-2020 budget that reduced the district mill levy by .637 mills, from 59.649 mills to 59.012 mills.

The 2020 budget the Baldwin City Council approved slightly reduced the mill levy from 44.753 in 2019 to 44.724 mills. With the approved budgets, the total mill levies of the three jurisdictions for 2020 will be 149.13 mills, compared to 149.417 mills in 2019. At the 2020 total mill rates, the taxes owed the three taxing entities on a $150,000 home in Baldwin City will be about $2,273. In 2019, an owner of the home of the same value owed about $2,278.

The Eudora school board approved a 2019-2020 budget this month that established the mill levy at 70.664 mills, which is essentially the same as the 2018-2019 levy of 70.627 mills.

The combined mill levy of the school district, city of Eudora and Douglas County is 155.567 mills, or about a half mill more than the 2019 total. The taxes on a $150,000 home in Eudora owed to the three jurisdictions in 2020 will be about $2,384. The 2019 total on a home of the same value was about $2,375.


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