A recent report distributed by the Mid-America Regional Council shows Prairie Village and Fairway residents pay among the lowest tax and utility rates in the entire Kansas City metro area. The report finds that Fairway and Prairie Village had the fourth and fifth cheapest costs of the 48 municipalities in the Kansas City metro area.
In terms of total taxes — including property, sales and income taxes — paid by a single family in 2011, Prairie Village was projected to have the fifth smallest tax burden. Fairway’s tax burden was the tenth lowest in the area, and Mission Hills’ was the eleventh lowest.
The report, originally compiled by the city of Harrisonville, Mo., compares tax and utility burdens for a hypothetical average family using the following variables:
- Household Income (gross): $100,000 with 30 percent disposable income
- Household Size: Four members
- Home: $252,000, 2,800sq ft, annual mortgage of $15,836
Utility Consumption (monthly average)
- 6,000 gal water (1,500 gal. of water per person per month)
- 1,400 KW consumption per month (0.5 KWH per sq ft of finished space)
- 112 CFF natural gas consumption (0.04 CFF per sq ft finished space)
- Personal Property – $50,000
The most expensive cities in northeast Johnson County were Leawood and Mission Hills, though they both came in below the metro-wide average.