Roeland Park City Administrator Keith Moody rolled out a comprehensive comparison of the costs of living in cities across the Kansas City metro Monday, showing how the cities line up on taxes and utilities. Even with the increase in property tax rates a few years ago, Moody concluded, the cost of living in Roeland Park is still just average.
Moody’s charts compare the taxes and utility costs for a $250,000 house in a long list of cities on both sides of the state line. Cities, Moody contended with his data, have control over only a small percentage of the total cost of living. More impact comes from the state and school district taxes that a family pays. Taxes make up 69 percent of the costs on average while utilities account for 31 percent.
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