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Total tax requests in Chase County up 2.99 percent PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 01 October 2015 21:30

By Russ Pankonin

The Wauneta Breeze

Taxing subdivisions in Chase County did a better job of holding the line on tax increases for the 2015-16 budget year.

All totalled, the taxing entities in Chase County will ask for $17,692,198.95 in property taxes for the 2015-16 budget.

That total compares to the 2014-15 tax askings of $17,178,305.25, or an increase of $513, 893.70.

Not all of those funds will be generated in Chase County. The two school districts, the Upper Republican Natural Resources District and the Wauneta Rural Fire District stretch over two or more neighboring counties, which also provide taxes for the budget.

This year’s tax request from Chase County subdivisions represents a 2.99 percent average increase for new budget year.

Those taxing subdivisions include: Chase County, Historical Society, Upper Republican Natural Resources District, Wauneta-Palisade Schools, Village of Wauneta, Wauneta Rural Fire district, Chase County Schools, City of Imperial, Imperial Airport Authority, Imperial Rural Fire, Chase Cemetery and Crete Cemetery.

In 2014-15, taxing subdivisions in the county took advantage of a large increase in property valuations in the county.

Increased valuation allows tax subdivisions to increase their tax askings within tax lid limitations.

With the higher valuations, the tax request in 2014-15 increased an average of 10.59 percent.

In 2014, property valuations in Chase County increased 41.6 percent. This year, the county’s valuation went up another 19.59 percent, again due to higher ag land values.

Looking at the 2015-16 average tax increase of 2.99 percent, school districts in Chase County exceeded that average.

Wauneta-Palisade Schools increased their tax asking by $306,416.27, an increase of 7.62 percent over last year. Chase County Schools in Imperial increased their tax asking $298,017.96, representing a 4.35 percent increase over last year.

Six of the subdivisions kept their tax asking the same or less than last year.

The largest of these, the URNRD, sought no increase in their tax askings.

The Wauneta Rural Fire District dropped their request by 62.96 percent.

The City of Imperial’s tax askings went down by $94,663  or 8.62 percent, as a result of property owners in the Sage addition prepaying street assessments.

The Imperial Airport Authority went down $957 or 2.27 percent. The Historical Society went down $45, or 0.64 percent, while the Chase Cemetery made no request at all, compared to $1,315 last year.