• Land Banks Fail to Solve Government-Created Living Costs

    Land Banks Fail to Solve Government-Created Living Costs0

    The Wyandotte County Land Bank is a government body established in 2018 to confiscate homes from delinquent taxpayers, refurbish them, and then sell them back to the community. Currently, the Land Bank holds around 3,500 properties that they then can sell. This process has not been without controversy. Sen. David Haley (D -Wyandotte) cited the

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  • 3 things to know about Truth in Taxation

    3 things to know about Truth in Taxation0

    The new Truth in Taxation legislation is now in effect, and there are three things that taxpayers should know about the process to maximize the benefits and reduce taxes. 1.  Local officials can reduce taxes or hold them flat if they wish.  As of August 24, almost 250 cities, counties, and school districts have decided

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  • More than 100 local governments aren’t increasing property tax

    More than 100 local governments aren’t increasing property tax0

    The new Truth in Taxation legislation is already providing Kansans with millions of dollars in property tax savings.  Faced with the prospect of finally having to be honest with taxpayers, 108 cities, counties, school districts, and a community college have already declared they will not increase property taxes next year. Individual property owners may see

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  • 2022 Lawrence Budget: Misdirection and Runaway Spending

    2022 Lawrence Budget: Misdirection and Runaway Spending0

    The current form of the City of Lawrence budget for the upcoming year could potentially lead to large deficits and more local taxes for many future fiscal years. In mid-July, Lawrence’s City Manager Craig Owens released a 2022 budget proposal which included a deficit of $7.9 million dollars between the projected expenses of $103.4 million

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  • Kansas lost 4,000 private jobs, added 8,500 gov’t. jobs in 2Q

    Kansas lost 4,000 private jobs, added 8,500 gov’t. jobs in 2Q0

    4,000 private-sector jobs were lost in Kansas during the 2nd quarter of 2021, but 8,500 government jobs were added at the same time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Local units of government – mostly cities, counties, and school districts – added 6,000 jobs; state agencies and universities added 2,600, and federal jobs declined

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  • 2021 Green Book: Kansas is massively over-governed

    2021 Green Book: Kansas is massively over-governed0

    Kansas has some of the highest property taxes in the nation, largely because we are massively over-governed. Kansas has 1,993 general purpose governments – cities, counties, and townships – serving about 2.9 million people.  That works out to 1,461 residents per government entity, whereas the national average is 8,448 per entity, and that’s the third-worst

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