The Tax lid and the ramifications for local governments

In the coming days, legislators and lobbyists will do battle at the state Capitol over a “tax-lid” measure that could mean significant changes in property tax bills.

Under a state law passed last year, city and county governments will have to hold a public vote if they want to raise spending by more than an adjusted Consumer Price Index rate to be set by the state of Kansas. If voters don’t approve spending increases, cities and counties will have to cut their property tax rates to adjust to the spending level allowed by the state. According to Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman, that could cause big issue for local governments.

(Read more: Great Bend Post)

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