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Valley Center, KS

small town outside of Wichita - 1/30/2013
We moved to Valley Center seven years ago. We found a house on five acres just north of town next to farm acreage. Perfect location as we were returning to the Wichita area after having lived out in the country for ten years to be closer to our aging parents. We were not inside Valley Center city limits when we moved here. We live on a dirt road... we were annexed two years after moving here. Our property tax went up by over $900 a year.. on top of that a school bond was put through and we pay more than the folks in Wichita for the school bond they also approved. . Fewer homes to foot a large bond. We have no real improvements with the annexation and now pay more than double in property tax here than we paid for a new house with a 30x50 out building on 160 acres in the country... and three of our five acres here are set as agriculture and taxed as such!
Small towns can be difficult.. not always accepting of outsiders.. Valley Center is close to Wichita and that isnt the issue as found in rural country small towns.
I no longer have kids in school but family and neighbors who do are very pleased with the schools here. I spoke with a couple who moved here due to the reputation of the wrestling program at the high school.
We chose Valley Center for multiple reasons.. after living in the country moving back to the city of Wichita was not an option. Valley Center is just two miles west of the major north/south highway (I-135) that goes through Wichita giving easy access to any where in Wichita. The most important decision to move here was to be near the folks.

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