Kansas Supreme Court strikes down 2014 law on property taxes

The Kansas Supreme Court struck down a law Wednesday that shielded some residents from property tax hikes, ruling it unconstitutionally granted preferential treatment to “a discrete group of taxpayers.”

Twenty-one Kansas counties asked the court last year to consider the constitutionality of a state law passed by the Legislature in 2014 that imposed a two-year moratorium on increases in tax valuation for citizens who requested, and won, a valuation appeal.

By a 5-2 vote, the state’s high court sided with the counties, finding the law was a violation of the Kansas Constitution’s guarantee of “uniform and equal” property valuation and taxation.

“Any preferential valuation benefiting only a few properties will adversely influence the tax burden for all other taxpayers whose properties do not enjoy the preference,” Justice Dan Biles wrote in the majority opinion.

(Read more: Topeka Capital-Journal)
Read the court’s opinion here.

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