Property owners in the City of Lawrence pay property taxes each year. Property taxes include taxes for four government units: Douglas County, the State of Kansas, Unified School District #497, and the City of Lawrence. Each unit of government determines its own tax rate depending on needs.

Property tax rates are based on mills and are assessed through a mill levy. One mill is equivalent to one dollar for every thousand dollars of assessed property value.

Mills*
City of Lawrence 32.018
Douglas County 44.092
State of Kansas 1.500
USD #497 53.360
Total 130.97

* The mill levies provided by the 2016 Douglas County Tax Levy Sheet.

Estimate Property Taxes

To calculate your estimated property tax bill, you need to know the approximate appraised value of your property. The total value of the house is then multiplied by 11.5% for residential property, or 25% for commercial/industrial property, to determine the assessed property value.

Therefore, a house appraised at $100,000 would have an assessed value of $11,500 ($100,000 X 11.5%).