Local govt groups oppose Kan. property tax measure

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Posted: Mar 06, 2012 4:42 PM
Local govt groups oppose Kan. property tax measure

Groups representing Kansas cities and counties are trying to block a legislative proposal aimed at controlling property tax increases for home owners 65 and older.

Lobbyists for the Kansas Association of Counties and the League of Kansas Municipalities testified Tuesday during a Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee hearing.

The groups oppose a proposed constitutional amendment to allow the Legislature to limit annual increases in values placed by county officials on homes owned by Kansans who are 65 or older.

The constitution currently requires residential property to be valued uniformly.

The lobbyists said taking such a step would be unfair to other taxpayers.

But Sen. Pat Apple, a Louisburg Republican, said the goal is to keep seniors in their homes.

The committee took no action on the measure.