Shawnee Mission patrons get great bang for their tax buck, according to Business Journal analysis

Shawnee Mission area homeowners pay relatively low property taxes for their well-regarded school system.
Shawnee Mission area homeowners pay relatively low property taxes for their well-regarded school system.

A recent analysis of the taxes paid by patrons of every school district in Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas should leave Shawnee Mission School District area residents feeling sanguine.

“Residents of the Shawnee Mission School District should be ecstatic. The district has excellent schools — and people who live there pay one of the lowest school taxes in Johnson County,” writes Kansas City Business Journal Research Director Andrew McKeegan. “In fact, Shawnee Mission is among the least expensive in the Kansas City area.”

The newspaper’s analysis of the 16 districts in the heavily populated northeast part of the state found that only home owners in the Ft. Leavenworth and Wyandotte School Districts paid less in property taxes for public education. Those districts’ achievement indicators, however, pale in comparison to those in Shawnee Mission, which maintains a reputation as one of the top education institutions in the state.

The owner of a $200,000 home in Shawnee Mission pays $1,197.36 in property taxes to the district per year. By comparison, the owner of a $200,000 in DeSoto — the most expensive district in terms of property taxes — pays $1,666.60.

Blue Valley came in as the third most-expensive district in the region, with annual property taxes of $1,515.45 on a $200,000 home. Olathe was fourth at $1,512.57.

You can find the Business Journal’s full analysis here.