State Cuts Could Raise Taxes

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The State of Kansas is supposed to pitch in 25% of the bond money for improvements to Wichita schools, but a bill introduced in a Senate committee would cut that off for two years.

"One of the selling points was that the state would pay 25% of our costs," said Wichita Schools Chief Financial Officer.

When school districts sell bonds the state is obligated to contribute a certain percentage. The state is struggling to balance its in-the-red budget.

"When we're dealing with the tight economic situation that we are dealing with now, it's not good to have unexpected expenses pop up," said State Representative Brenda Landwehr.

If the bill passes, taxpayers could end up paying higher property taxes to make up the difference.

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