Governor Unveils 'Property Tax Transparency' Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback joined legislative leaders in unveiling a "property tax transparency" law intended to stem the rise of such taxes when assessed property values increase.

The governor said Friday the bill would require local governments to publicly vote to raise property taxes, rather than simply approve budgets based on growing assessments. He said the state does not intend to raise its share of property taxes.

Republican state Sen. Susan Wagle says the plan would put a flexible cap on property taxes, and exempts new construction.

Democrat state Rep. Jim Ward says Democrats have been trying to pass property tax relief for years. He says the governor is not being honest because Kansans understand that income taxes can't be cut without affecting local property taxes.

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