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  • What does “dark store theory” debate mean for Kansas property taxes?

    What does “dark store theory” debate mean for Kansas property taxes?0

    Earlier this year, the Kansas Supreme Court sent a 2019 Board of Tax Appeals (BOTA) decision back to BOTA, saying they should have reached their decision without considering the Court of Appeals in Prieb. The Supreme Court didn’t determine whether BOTA’s decision on the appraisal methodology is right or wrong, just that BOTA must reconsider

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  • Is your local government increasing property taxes this month?

    Is your local government increasing property taxes this month?0

    More than 1,300 local taxing authorities ranging from fire districts and cemeteries to cities, school districts, and counties across Kansas have announced that they will not raise property taxes this year. Those proposing increases will be hosting public hearings about whether to exceed their revenue-neutral rate. According to the Truth-in-Taxation law passed in 2021, taxing

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  • Kansas Income Taxes $232 Million Over May Estimates

    Kansas Income Taxes $232 Million Over May Estimates0

    In May 2022, the state of Kansas took in a total tax revenue of $910 million, which was 35.7% greater than the estimates for this month. These revenues include $305 million in sales taxes and $571 million in income taxes. The revenue collected for May of this year was 13.6% less than what it was

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  • Wyandotte Commissioners Want to Keep Growing Government at Taxpayers’ Expense

    Wyandotte Commissioners Want to Keep Growing Government at Taxpayers’ Expense0

    Last week, Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County Mayor and CEO Tyrone Garner announced budget recommendations to set property tax mill rates at the calculated revenue neutral rate. This would mean that the levied property tax would decrease by about 8.6 percentage points. The decrease in revenue would be offset by an increase in sales

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  • Zoning Reform, Not Subsidies, Reduces Housing Costs

    Zoning Reform, Not Subsidies, Reduces Housing Costs0

    Kansas Governor Laura Kelly included in her proposed budget for FY 2022 a $20 million affordable housing subsidy. This policy is unlikely to lower the housing crisis/costs/etc. in the long run. Instead, it is yet another of this administration’s subsidies that is proposing a higher cost to taxpayers in exchange for insignificant change. The real

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  • How Free is Kansas in 2021?

    How Free is Kansas in 2021?0

    Freedom is one of the most evoked ideas in political discussions in Kansas and across America. What does it mean to be free? Part of it includes personal freedoms: the right to hold and express beliefs through things like speech, religion, and all other media. Are there laws that unfairly benefit or harm people in

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