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Can I opt out of refuse service?
No. Residential refuse collection is a standard monthly fee. This service is mandatory; it is not optional.
How do I file an insurance claim against the City?
Contact our claims intake specialist Staff Accountant Cari Strieby at 913-367-5500 to complete an information form. NOTICE: All insurance claims against the City are a matter of public record and may be disclosed at the City Commission meeting following filing.
What's a mill?
A "mill" is a standard of measurement used for taxation. One mill is equal to one-tenth of a cent (0.001), or $1.00 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
Why is the City so tough about late penalties on utility bills?
For years, good customers who paid their bill on time had to subsidize the bad habits of those who continuously abused more lenient payment policies through higher rates. Today, we strictly and uniformly administer our policies because to do otherwise would be unfair to good customers who voluntarily do the right thing.
Why are property taxes so high?
Hmm, that's a toughy because the truth is that city taxes aren't high, looking at the numbers. Atchison's city property tax rate is middle of the pack for its peer cities in Kansas. We also know that residents of Atchison pay less dollar-for-dollar in city taxes compared to many residents of larger metro communities. Nonetheless, we hear your point. Could the real question be that you're not seeing the same value for your tax dollar as in another town? If so, it's a legit question and something we'd like to talk about more with you. If you're just comparing tax rates city-to-city, make sure you're looking at taxes per capita to get the true apples-to-apples comparison. Also, be clear on what you're comparing - are you comparing the city-only tax burden or the total tax burden from all the local taxing entities in that community?
Does the city property tax offset income tax?
No. The city gets no income tax. That's state and federal only. For revenue, the city gets to levy a property tax (along with six other taxing entities in Atchison), a portion of the sales tax, and franchise fees on private utilities. What you may be thinking of is the Local Ad Valorem Tax Reduction (LAVTR) debacle ... Under the Graves administration, the state did re-neg on sharing revenue from other minor tax streams which had been used in all cities in Kansas to reduce property taxes. By the stroke of a pen, the state dumped its problems downhill, forcing most city property tax rates to spike to current levels. However, it's been many years since then and it appears unlikely that the State will go back to honoring its statutory obligation to local governments. Wah-wah!
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