Kansas to consider tightening limits on local property taxes

Kansas Statehouse (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas lawmakers will consider new limits on local property taxes this year.

The Republican-controlled Legislature opened its annual session Monday.

It enacted a law last year aimed at lessening annual increases in the property tax levies cities and counties rely heavily upon to finance local services. The restrictions take effect in 2018.

But Republican Sen. Jake LaTurner of Pittsburg has a new bill to tighten the restrictions and have them take effect in July.

The Kansas Association of Realtors said imposing the restrictions earlier than planned is its top legislative priority.

The idea also is supported by Americans for Prosperity. The anti-tax group is backed by billionaire political donors Charles and David Koch.

Groups representing cities and counties plan to ask legislators to repeal the restrictions before they take effect.

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