In a release announcing the decrease, the UG touted how property taxes have lowered since the unified government was formed:
At the time of consolidation in 1996, the owner of a $100,000 house paid $1,116 in city/county property tax. More than 20 years later in 2019, the owner of a $100,000 house will pay $884 in UG property tax. That’s a reduction of $232, or nearly 21% less in property taxes since the Unified Government was formed.
The budget is relying on paid-off STAR Bond sales tax revenues to offset the decrease.
In the release, the UG claimed KCK ranked 13th out of the 25 largest cities in Kansas in property tax rates. Wyandotte County ranks 95th out of 105 counties for property tax rates.