Assisting residents on a fixed income with rising property taxes is a high priority for the Board of County Commissioners. Your tax bill is calculated by taking the appraised value of your home and multiplying it by the mill levy.
The power to change a resident’s tax liability based on age or income lies with the state legislature, meaning that a law would need to be passed and signed by the governor in order to make this possible. Rep. Tom Cox of Shawnee introduced a bill during the 2019 session to allow property taxes increases to be deferred until the home is sold. County leaders have made this issue an action item on their legislative agenda, meaning that we are watching the issue closely and advocating for legislation to be passed.