Sedgwick County officials back bill to restrict property tax increases

Two members of the Sedgwick County Commission went to Topeka on Tuesday to encourage lawmakers to restrict their power to raise property tax revenue.

Jim Howell, the commission’s chair, said that SB 316, a bill that moves up a requirement that local governments hold votes before budgets that rely on property tax revenue increases are adopted, empowers voters.

“The highest form of government is the people themselves,” Howell told the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee. “…We work for them. I am their servant.”

Both Howell and Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn testified in favor of the legislation. Sedgwick County is the only county in the state actively advocating for the legislation, which faces strong opposition from local governments throughout the state.

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