• School Funding Ruling May Cause Devastating Tax Hikes

    School Funding Ruling May Cause Devastating Tax Hikes0

    The Kansas Supreme Court’s recent Gannon school funding ruling, if endorsed by legislators, would cause devastating tax hikes on top of record-setting tax increases just passed.  The Court cited vast differences between the new money appropriated by the Legislature ($293 million more in FY 2019) and the amount demanded by school districts (at least $1.7

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  • Pretty Prairie Residents Reject Property Tax Hike

    Pretty Prairie Residents Reject Property Tax Hike0

    A Hutchinson News report stating “Voters in Pretty Prairie soundly defeated a ballot question that would have authorized higher property taxes this fall to support the 2018 city budget” marks a significant victory for voter empowerment in Kansas.  Legislation passed in 2016 allows citizens to begin voting this year on whether, with many exceptions, property

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  • Good News in Kansas City Star

    Good News in Kansas City Star0

    Yes, you read that headline correctly.  The Kansas City Star published an editorial last week calling for the ‘pause’ button to be pressed on the battle over school funding.  They said, “…it may be time for the state and the judges to pause for a year or two to see if the $488 million infusion,

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  • Local Government to Kansans – Suck it up and Pay up

    Local Government to Kansans – Suck it up and Pay up1

    A new bill introduced to the House Taxation Committee proposed to further weaken citizens’ right to vote on property tax increases.  HB 2424 would add yet another exemption for “increases in employer contributions for social security, workers compensation, unemployment insurance, health-care costs, employee benefit plans and employee retirement and pension programs.” The theory might be

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  • City Property Tax Hikes

    City Property Tax Hikes0

    Property tax history for twelve more cities added to KansasOpenGov.org underscores why so many citizens are upset with property tax hikes.  On average, those dozen cites increased property tax 2.6 times faster than the combined rates of inflation and population between 1997 and 2016. The City of Andover had the highest tax increase at 510

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  • Local Gov’t. Threatens Citizens over Property Tax Lid

    Local Gov’t. Threatens Citizens over Property Tax Lid0

    A property tax lid passed last year will allow Kansans to begin voting later this year on whether, with many exceptions, city and county property taxes should increase by more than the rate of inflation.  Citizens overwhelming support the right to vote but local government doesn’t want citizens meddling in their business.  Cities and counties

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