As the 2017 government budget process looms ahead, local officials have been publicly expressing concerns regarding a piece of legislation that recently cleared the Kansas Senate. The bill in question would strengthen a “property tax lid” for Kansas cities, counties and school districts. Sen. Ralph Ostmeyer, R-Grinnell, was among those who opposed the bill. Nearly all of the feedback he has heard from constituents has been negative, he said, noting he believes local governments are closest to the people and capable of handling their own budgets.
“I have 14 counties (in my district). Take that times three, that’s 42 commissioners I answer to,” he said. “I never got a word from any one of them saying, ‘Ralph, this is a good deal.’ ”
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