Construction generates more revenue; Assessor: $60M increase on taxable property since 2013

Saline County Assessor Jim Crawford spoke only briefly Monday night at the conclusion of a joint meeting of two Quorum Court committees, but his words brought a positive message about the county's growth and subsequent increased tax base.

The information Crawford presented is included in the annual abstract required of the county assessor's office.

"That abstract reflects a $1.6 billion total assessed value for all taxable property in Saline County, which is an increase of $60 million over last year," Crawford said.

"If you apply the 5 mills which the county assesses for county general, this represents an increase of approximately $300,000 in revenue for the county," he said.

He noted that such things as the delinquency rate and other factors must be taken into consideration in figuring a total amount.

"Of that $60 million, $36 million is newly discovered property, which is new construction," Crawford said. "The rest includes personal property, including many vehicles."

He pointed out that that the purchase of automobiles in the past few years has shown "a pretty big growth in revenue for the county."

He explained that the increase in taxable property last year was "around $56 million, so the trend is consistent over the past couple of years. This is indicative of the county's growth over the past few years."
"The bottom line is there is still a good bit of new construction going on in Saline County, which is a positive," he said.

"This recent information still fits that progressive mode for the county. A lot of counties don't have this, but for some reason this county still does."

Additional information from the court committees' session will appear in a later edition of The Saline Courier.