Lawmakers consider giving property owners more tax power this year

The pain of property taxes. It’s something many Kansans are all too familiar with.

Kansas has some of the highest property taxes in the nation, which is why lawmakers enacted a lid last year.

“It allows citizens to have a vote on whether or not their property taxes are going to go up,” said Luke Bell of the Kansas Association of Realtors. “According to several national studies. If you own a commercial property in a rural part of the state, it’s very likely your taxes are twice as high as the national average.”

Local governments say, there’s a reason for that.

“You know, the state’s tax policy is really what has attributed to that larger increase in ad valorem tax,” said Riley County Clerk Rich Vargo. “They’ve taken away machinery and equipment, they’ve taken away all the demand transfer money that cities and counties used to get.”

(Read more: KSNT News)

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