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  • Local government property tax data shows opportunity for savings

    Local government property tax data shows opportunity for savings0

    Property taxes assessed for the operation of local government totaled $2.7 billion in 2018 and significant differences in per-resident amounts across the counties indicate large savings opportunities – if the political will exists to take advantage. As we wrote last month, the $2.7 billion for the operation of local government consumes the largest portion of

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  • Local gov’t. has biggest share of $3 billion property tax hike

    Local gov’t. has biggest share of $3 billion property tax hike0

    Of the nearly $3 billion increase in property tax between 1997 and 2018, the largest share, about $1.7 billion, was consumed by local government entities (cities, counties, townships, and other local taxing districts.  Education accounted for the next largest increase, of about $1.3 billion, which is mostly K-12 and community colleges. The data comes from

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  • KASB misleads again in pursuit of more school funding

    KASB misleads again in pursuit of more school funding0

    There isn’t a single legitimate study proving that spending more money caused achievement to improve (proving causation is much different than believing in the notion), but that’s the underlying premise of KASB’s spending and achievement claims.  Money matters, but it’s how money is spent that can make a difference, and achievement will remain stubbornly low

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  • Over 2,500 KPERS ‘millionaires’ and $1.7 billion in pension payments published

    Over 2,500 KPERS ‘millionaires’ and $1.7 billion in pension payments published0

    An Open Records request fulfilled by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) shows record-setting payouts in 2018 of $1.7 billion.   The number of KPERS ‘millionaires’ also set a new record, with 2,522 government retirees expected to receive more than $1 million in pension benefits over the first 20 years of retirement; that’s 188 more

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