Kansas Senate approves bill to accelerate property tax lid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas senators have passed a bill to accelerate a cap on city and county property tax increases.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Senate approved the bill with a 24-16 vote Tuesday.

The bill moves up the implementation of the property tax lid from 2018 to 2017. The lid was placed into law last year and requires voters to approve property tax increases above the rate of inflation.

Debate continued for more than four hours as lawmakers went through amendments seeking exemptions to the bill’s requirements.

The legislation already provided some exemptions that wouldn’t trigger the cap, such as construction of new buildings, increases in personal property valuation and property that has changed use. Federal mandates, court judgments and bond and interest payments also wouldn’t trigger the lid.



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