State moves to junk local property tax lid law

Kansas lawmakers are preparing to eliminate limits on local property taxes, a law they enacted in 2015. The legislation was ineffective they said as they prepare a new proposal aimed at transparency.


State News

February 26, 2020 - 10:40 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are moving toward eliminating limits on local property taxes they say are ineffective in favor of a proposal aimed at requiring officials to be more transparent about upcoming levies.

The Senate voted 39-0 on Tuesday to approve a bill that supporters said would force local officials to be more open in making tax and and budget decisions. It goes next to the House.

The bill would repeal a local tax lid pushed through the Republican-controlled Legislature by conservative lawmakers in 2015. Cities and counties are generally required to let the public vote if they want to increase the spending of local property tax revenues by more than the inflation rate, though some costs, such as new roads and sewers, are exempt from the lid.

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