A measure to help the Kansas Turnpike Authority collect fines has created conflict between county treasurers and the authority.
The KTA would like the power to place holds on vehicle registrations as a way to ensure revenue, but county treasurers, including Shawnee County Treasurer Larry Mah, have said that plan will bog down local motor vehicle offices.
Legislation the Kansas House of Representatives will take up sometime after representatives reconvene Wednesday would give the KTA authority to suspend vehicle registrations for anyone who incurs $100 or more in turnpike tolls and fines. When vehicle registrations are suspended or held from renewal, counties are blocked from collecting property tax on the vehicle until the hold is removed. Mah said the KTA’s plan places an undo burden on local tax offices.
“It makes no sense for me to refuse money that should be going to schools or the county so it can be used to pay debt owed to the state,” Mah said during an interview with The Topeka Capital-Journal on Thursday.
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