(The Center Square) — A bill that donors say will provide property tax relief to Kansans was signed into law by Governor Laura Kelly on Thursday.
House Bill 2239 increases the state exemption for residential property taxes from $20,000 to $40,000 assessment. The bill also allows certain personal property taxes to be pro-rated and gives county commissioners more power to reduce property taxes on property destroyed by disasters.
“Our fiscal responsibility has put Kansas back on track,” the governor said said in a press release. “We have been able to fully fund our schools, repair our roads and bridges, balance the budget and reduce property taxes, which brings relief to the Kansans.”
“We have the opportunity to help Kansans who are feeling the impact of pandemic-induced inflation,” the governor said. food.”
HB 2239 also enacts the SALT Parity Act, which allows “certain flow-through entities to have the ability to pay state income taxes at the entity level.”
Despite the reforms, Kansas still has a “systemic problem” in its property tax structure, according to Ganon Evans, a policy analyst at the Kansas Policy Institute.
“The bill contains good policies, such as SALT parity reform, but it continues Kansas’ trend of inflated tax incentives,” Evans told The Center Square. “Similarly, property tax relief does not change the systemic problem of Kansas having some of the highest rural property taxes while fully taxing private pensions and out-of-state pensions, (so) the need for long-term reductions is still necessary.
Senate Speaker Ty Masterson, R-Andover, said he was “very pleased that the taxpayers of Kansas are benefiting from the governor’s election year conversion.”
House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, believes the legislation was more of a political decision than anything else.
“For three years, the only time we’ve heard Governor Kelly mention taxes is when she vetoes tax cuts,” Hawkins told The Center Square. weighed, (so) Kansas taxpayers won’t be fooled by Governor Kelly’s temporary change in tone. »
House Bill 2239 passed the House by a vote of 103 to 10. The Senate voted 39 to 0.