Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Kansas House members have reversed course on a bill passed last week to give cities and counties some $90 million in property tax relief.
The chamber voted Wednesday to reconsider the bill after members learned that it didn't contain provisions many thought were in the measure to limit property tax increases.
Those provisions were popular among conservatives who were concerned about what they said were stealth tax increases caused by rising property valuations.
Those changes were deleted by an amendment from Rep. Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat, to add the money for local governments. Some House members said Ward wasn't clear about his intentions when he offered the amendment.
House leaders said that the tax committee would consider both topics and put them in a new bill.