Board of Education President Pete Thaw was not surprised to hear that Kanawha's lower tax rate had a lot to do with the Board or Education's tax rate.
"We work very hard to keep our tax rate down," Thaw said.
Thaw said the board also capped the excess levy to ease the tax burden for residents and property owners for the upcoming five-year cycle.
However, the school board is looking at a $4.5 million deficit the first day the new excess levy takes place in 2014. However, Thaw noted that he does not propose tax rates based on projections.
"You don't have a surplus until you see it and you don't have a deficit until you see it," Thaw said.
Another reason why Kanawha County's average tax bill on residential property is lower than Putnam, Monongalia and Cabell, is because the average value of a home is also lower, according to the figures provided by Fontalbert.
Fontalbert obtained the average cost of a home in the counties from the U.S. Census Bureau, he said.
The average price of a home in Kanawha County is $87,000 during the current fiscal year. In Putnam County, it's $179,500.
The average cost of a home in Cabell County is $107,000 and $132,900 in Monongalia, according to the figures.
Fontalbert pointed out that there are likely a lot more homes being built in Monongalia, Putnam and even Cabell County than in Kanawha. This can drive up the average cost of a home, he said.
"Newer homes cost more than older ones do," he said.