• 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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  • Local officials learning tax hikes doom consumer spending

    Local officials learning tax hikes doom consumer spending0

    City and county officials in Johnson County recently told the Kansas City Star they are ‘puzzled’ by sluggish sales tax collections and consumer spending. They shouldn’t be.  Local officials should realize the obvious. Kansans are dealing with their third consecutive year of state income tax hikes. Local officials also raised property taxes, and tax increases

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  • Local Government Pushes Property Tax to Record Levels

    Local Government Pushes Property Tax to Record Levels0

    Property tax assessed by Kansas counties has grown 164% over the past 21 years, according to the Kansas Department of Revenue. Over the same time frame, inflation is 49.5%, and population growth is 11%. This growth means Kansans are paying roughly $593 million more in taxes than the county’s prices or population would dictate. Graphs

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  • $1.2 billion city and county payrolls online

    $1.2 billion city and county payrolls online0

    City and county payrolls in the state’s more populated areas grew faster than inflation in 2018.  The nine counties with comparable data listed in the adjacent table collectively had a 3.5 percent payroll increase and the ten cities with comparable data increased payroll by 3.1 percent on average.  Inflation, by comparison, was just 1.9 percent.

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  • State school funding per-pupil ranked #16 in U.S.

    State school funding per-pupil ranked #16 in U.S.0

    U.S. Census data shows Kansas had the 16th highest state school funding per-pupil in 2016 at $7,970, based on headcount enrollment and total state aid of $3.9 billion.  Legislators therefore provided state aid that was 22 percent above the national average of $6,546 back in 2016 and KSDE estimates state aid will be $4.5 billion

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