Property Tax

Property Tax historyAbout the Property Tax

Real Estate/Property Tax bills are typically mailed in early November.  The bill has three governmental bodies that receive revenue:  City of Paducah, Paducah Junior College, and the City School District.  The school district depends upon where you live in the City.  Some people live in the City but are in the McCracken County School District. Revenue generated by the property tax is the second highest revenue source for the City of Paducah generating an anticipated $6.526 million for Fiscal Year 2018.  Only the payroll tax generates more revenue.  

The City's property tax rate is $0.255 which means for every $100 of assessed value of real estate, $0.255 (slightly more than a quarter) is paid to the City of Paducah.  For a home that has an assessed value of $50,000, a property owner pays $127.50 to the City of Paducah in property taxes.

Property Tax Due Dates

Note (posted October 31, 2017):  The City of Paducah Property Tax bills have been mailed.  If you don't receive your bill by Friday, November 10, call the Finance Department at 270-444-8513.

The due dates for the real estate/property tax bills are outlined in Sec. 106-211 of the Paducah Code of Ordinances.  Property taxes levied herein shall be due and payable in the following manner:

  1.  In the case of tax bills which reflect an amount due of less than $650.00, the payment shall be due on November 1, 2017, and shall be payable without penalty and interest until November 30, 2017.
  2.  In the case of all other tax bills, payment shall be in accordance with the following provisions:

a.  The first half payment shall be due on November 1, 2017, and shall be payable without penalty and interest until November 30, 2017.

b.   The second half payment shall be due on February 1, 2018, and shall be payable without penalty and interest until February 28, 2018.

Property Tax Rate History

Prior to the half penny increase in the property tax rate approved by the City Commission in September 2013, the property tax rate had been on a decline since 1995.  For example, on a house that had an assessed value of $50,000, a property owner would have been charged a rate of 0.438 in 1995 which would have been $219.00 to the City of Paducah.  From 2007 through 2013, the property tax rate was $0.25 which yielded a tax bill of $125.00 to the City of Paducah. 

  • For the City's real estate property tax levy history since 1995, visit Real Estate.
  • For the City's personal property tax levy history since 1995, visit Personal Property Tax.
  • For the Inventory Property Tax History since 1995 for the Paducah Independent School District, visit Inventory Property Tax.  Note:  The City of Paducah discontinued the Inventory Property Tax in 2003.

To learn more about the City's property tax rate, its history, and how it compares to other Kentucky cities, watch this Paducah View episode featuring Finance Director Jonathan Perkins (January 2014, 6:20 minutes).

Paducah View (episode 19) - Property Tax

Property Tax Notice

The documents below provide details about the tax notice for real estate owners in the Paducah City limits.