Below you can find some answers to some of the most commonly asked questions of the City.
This explanation could be very long, however in general, residential property taxes in Riley County are calculated in a fairly simple way.
There are a couple of key terms you need to understand first before we explain how your property taxes are figured.
Now that you know all of this, how does this all come together?
Every year each taxing authority has budget meetings which are open to the public. After discussion they determine a mill levy that they will assess. That gets sent to the county treasurer. Your total property taxes are then determined by multiplying your property valuation by the assessment rate by type, then multiplying by the total mill levy, and finally dividing by 1000.
Example (Mills based on 2022 rates):
You own a residential home valued at $100,000 by the treasurer. And the following mills are in effect for that year
The total mills of all taxing authorities who can tax properties in the City of Riley is 167.734
Doing the simple math.
$100,000 (home valuation) * 11.5% (residential assessment rate) = $11,500
$11,500 (assessed value) * 167.724 (Total Mill Levy) / 1000 (Mill Divider) = $1,928.94
This $1,924.94 would be your property tax for the year and your share of the total responsibility to pay for the programs for which the taxes are budgeted.
It’s important to first understand that all public services and features of the city are paid for with taxes. Without these, there would be no roads, no water and sewer, no parks and pools, libraries, schools, police, fire, EMS protection, and all the other wonderful things that we all tend to take for granted. All of these must be paid for one way or another and property taxation is generally considered the most equitable way. Even if you only rent you are still paying for these services through your landlord.
That being said, one thing to remember is just because the City of Riley may increase or decrease it’s own Mill Levy, that does not mean that your taxes will necessarily go up or down. The city has no control over what the treasurer assessed your property value to be. Also the City may in one year not raise it’s mill levy at all while another taxing authority do. You may see an overall increase in your taxes and that increase wouldn’t have had anything to do with the city.
How a municipality determines its budget for an upcoming budget year is primarily determined by a set of state statutes that dictate how and when a taxing authority does so. While there are some complicated legal mechanisms and terms that go into this, the basic process in Kansas is as follows.
One thing that most people really do not like doing is paying taxes, and this is well understood not only by those paying, but by those responsible for setting these taxes (who also generally pay the same taxes). At the end of the day however, a community relies on these taxes to pay for nearly all of the services it provides such as roads; water and sewer; recreation; police, fire, and EMS protection; etc. Without these taxes, the ability to provide any or all of these services would not exist.
City Code specifically forbids keeping undomesticated animals within the city limits. Cattle, goats, sheep, dangerous reptiles, etc, are not allowed.
However you are allowed to keep up to 8 female chickens in town, provided you have a permit to do so. Sorry, no roosters are allowed. You will also be required to keep them properly confined on your property.
In addition the City also allows the keeping of bees hives in town. This also requires a permit to be filled with the clerk. There are a number of different requirements that go along with bee keeping that are specified in the City Code.
Generally speaking yes, these vehicles are allowed to operate in the city limits.
There are some caveats to this though.