By ROXANA HEGEMAN ~ Associated Press
WICHITA (AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback joined legislative leaders in unveiling a “property tax transparency” law intended to stem the rise of such taxes when assessed property values increase.
The governor said Friday the bill would require local governments to publicly vote to raise property taxes, rather than approve budgets based on growing assessments. He said the state does not intend to raise its share of property taxes.
Republican state Sen. Susan Wagle says the plan would put a flexible cap on property taxes, and exempts new construction.
Democrat state Rep. Jim Ward says Democrats tried to pass property tax relief last session that would have taken effect this year. He says the governor is not being honest because Kansans understand that income taxes can’t be cut without affecting local property taxes.