• Property tax hikes are proof of an honesty gap

    Property tax hikes are proof of an honesty gap0

    City and county officials often want Kansas homeowners and businesses to believe that they’ve “held the line” on property taxes. However, Kansans soon realize local officials spoke only of mill rates. Kansans’ property taxes continue to climb as local officials raise property valuations while not adjusting mill rates. The difference between that mill rate growth

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  • Kansas out-migration creates U-Haul shortages

    Kansas out-migration creates U-Haul shortages0

    There’s been no shortage of reports about Kansas losing people and businesses to other states. Since 2000, the state of Kansas has lost 6%, via domestic migration, of its population to the rest of the country, primarily to states with lower tax burdens. A new analysis shows that enough people are leaving Kansas that the

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  • The truth about county spending; there’s room to cut

    The truth about county spending; there’s room to cut0

    With Kansas property taxes being one of the highest in the nation, the difference in county spending is worth close examination. Massive spending discrepancies exist in these local governments, even among counties with roughly the same population. Therefore it is no surprise county inefficiency is a key driver of excessively high county property taxes. KPI

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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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  • Kansas Tax Increase Unfairly Burdens The Poor

    Kansas Tax Increase Unfairly Burdens The Poor0

    The fall in consumer spending has local officials puzzled; there’s a reason why Kansans are buying fewer things at the register. Not surprisingly, counties with declines in consumer shopping also have hiked property taxes. Couple that with the state income tax increase, and the collective tax burden on Kansas families (especially low-income) has increased by

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