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Kansas Communities Consider Actions Before Tax Lid Goes In To Effect

Stephen Koranda
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A property tax lid is going into effect in Kansas next year,  and some communities are taking action to prepare for the revenue restrictions.


Kansas legislators created the tax lid with a law that says property tax collections can’t outpace the consumer price index.

If property tax collections grow faster than the index, then either tax rates would have to go down to return that money to taxpayers or a public vote would have to be held to take in money above the cap.

In Lawrence, the city budget proposal cuts spending and lays off some staff members to prepare for the restrictions. In Topeka and other cities across the state, officials are also considering spending limits. In Pittsburg and Overland Park, city leaders might increase taxes before the lid takes effect.

Stephen Koranda is the managing editor of the Kansas News Service, based at KCUR. He has nearly 20 years of experience in public media as a reporter and editor.