Kansas Senate Approves Overdue Fuel Tax Payments

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Friday, January 30, 2009

The Kansas Senate has approved a bill that grants $6.6 million in overdue state fuel tax revenue sent to the wrong counties over a three-year period.

The funding was wrapped into a $335 million deficit-reduction bill sent to the House Thursday for consideration. The money would go to 19 counties that didn't receive sufficient payment from the state's fuel tax account.

Shawnee County was shorted the most of any county -- $3.3 million -- but more than 80 counties received too much.

The problem was traced to a 10-year-old computer error that wasn't discovered and fixed until 2008.

Democratic Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka said counties are not required to return money they weren't entitled to receive. The bill covers only the past three years because the state can't reconstitute enough data to correct calculations beyond that time.

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