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Top Of The Morning News: Friday, June 1, 2012

A first look at the proposed budget for Johnson County shows no property tax increase.  Ameristar Casino is looking to raise the sales tax on its customers and use the money for improvements.  That and more news from KCUR.

Johnson County Budget Keeps Property Taxes Steady

The Johnson County, Kan. Commission began work on a proposed budget for fiscal year 2013.  The initial spending plan totals nearly $811 million and holds the line on property taxes.  Find out more here.

Ameristar Seeks To Raise The Sales Taxes For Itself

An interesting question faces the Kansas City council next week: Should a casino be able to raise the sales tax on its customers and use the money for improvements on its own property?  Read more about the proposal here.

Artists In Their Own Words: Kinetic Sculpture In Johnson County

Johnson County launched its one percent for art program in 2007. This means that one percent of the budget of a new major capital project is set aside for public art. The county'sfirst public artwork was installed last year; and the second, just this week. Both are in Olathe, Kansas.  Listen to the artist talk about the projects here.

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