Augusta Messenger

Our mission is to inform the community on local issues including skyrocketing property taxes, community projects, elections, budgets, and voting of your elected officials.  Also, to promote communications between elected officials and the taxpayers.

It is recommended to read our page about elected officials before voting .  This will give you an idea what your representative should be demostrating as your elected official. 

 

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September 2023

"Shining The Light"

Previously when property valuations were increased your property taxes automatically increased-NOT ANYMORE!

In 2021, the legislature expanded Truth In Taxation for property taxes by establishing policy that local governments have to notify taxpayers and vote before they can collect a dollar more than the previous year, i.e. go above the Revenue Neutral Rate, sometimes referred to as Senate Bill (SB 13).  It keeps the property taxes revenue neutral, the same as last year.

The Revenue Neutral Rate notice is a letter mailed by the County Clerk between August 20 and September 20, which includes the date, time, and location local governments will be voting on any proposed property tax increase.  Property owners should show up at these meetings and be heard.

Tax Breakdown with Revenue Neutral Rates
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Local elected officials have the power to stop these tax increases.  They could freeze our taxes by simply voting to lower the mill levy by the same percentage as the property valuations increased.  This is the Revenue Neutral Rate we have been talking about.  This is the heart of Truth in Taxation!  Do Not Be Fooled when you hear "We kept the same mlll levy, or lowered the mill levy."  They still increased your taxes!  The only way to keep from a tax increase is to use the Revenue Neutral Rate.

Truth to Taxation

Only works if we hold our elected officials accountable

when they ignore us and raise our taxes.

As you will find out at the link above, Butler county has the 4th highest Property Taxes in the State!  The top 3 are in the northeast corner of the state.Johnson, Leavenworth, and Miami counties lead the pack. 

 

WHY IS THIS?  BUT THIS ISN'T THE WORSE OF IT!  IN BUTLER COUNTY, AUGUSTA HAS THE HIGHEST, for example;  When you enter a $400,000 home in the calculator IN BUTLER COUNTY, you will see the property taxes are $5880.00 a year, but in Augusta that $400,000 home is $7614.00 per year!  That is $1734.00 more per year!! 

 

WHY IS THIS?  There are only two reasons for this, since county wide we all pay the same for county amenities, but each city is different because of CITY AND SCHOOL BUDGETS.   AUGUSTA IS OUT OF CONTROL AND OVERSPENDING MUST STOP! 

 

That's why it is so important for the citizens of Augusta to step-up and be WATCHDOGS of the City Council and USD 402!  Both are out of control when it comes to spending.  IT MUST BE STOPPED!  USD 402 is the worse between the two, raising their2024 budget 20%.  BETWEEN THE CITY AND USD 402, THEY ARE 70% OF YOUR PROPERTY  TAXES! 

VOTE WISELY !  THERE ARE 27 BUTLER COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS WITH CONTROL OF YOUR PERSONAL FINANCE CONCERNING HOW MUCH PROPERTY TAXES YOU PAY EVERY YEAR!  7 OUT OF THE 27 DEMOSTRATED EMPATHY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, HOWEVER, 20 DID NOT!   FIND SOMEONE TO  REPLACE THEM.  SELECT AND PROMOTE GOOD, CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES FOR THE NEXT ELECTION.  IN ORDER TO SECURE AFFORDABILITY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN THE FUTURE YOU NEED TO VOTE AGAINST ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT INCREASE TAXES AND SPENDING

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"Shining Light of Augusta"