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KS House Rejects Democrats' Property Tax Plan

Stephen Koranda

The Kansas House on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Democrats aimed at reducing the property taxes paid by Kansans. The plan would have distributed $45 million in state tax dollars over the next two years to local governments. That money would be used by local governments to reduce property taxes. The top Democrat in the chamber, Paul Davis from Lawrence, said lawmakers usually spend their time debating other types of tax cuts.

"All we're doing with this is taxing the citizens of Kansas. We're bringing it into a centralized location in Topeka, redistributing this money based on a formula," said Davis. "There is no tax relief here."

The chamber voted to reject the measure 73-48. Representative Steve Brunk, a Republican from Wichita, said the plan just redistributes state tax dollars.

"Enough with the credits and the exemptions," says Brunk. "Let's cut the tax that people hate the most. Let's give everybody some property tax relief."

The amendment came during debate on a bill that would require a public vote for some types of local property tax increases. The chamber voted to advance the underlying bill.

As the Kansas News Service managing editor, I help our statewide team of reporters find the important issues and breaking news that impact people statewide. We refine our daily stories to illustrate the issues and events that affect the health, well-being and economic stability of the people of Kansas. Email me at skoranda@kcur.org.
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