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Minutes for HB2314 - Committee on Taxation

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Authorizing use of ad valorem taxes to pay for capital improvements within a redevelopment district encompassing a federal enclave; authorizing issuance of bonds.

Minutes Content for Mon, Mar 6, 2017

Mr. Wells provided an overview on HB2314.  Mr. Wells noted the bill concerns boards and county commissioners to establish a redevelopment district that includes property located within a federal enclave.  The county would be able to use all or a portion of the property taxes collected on the property with a net redevelopment district to pay for certain infrastructure costs.  Taxing authorities would have some recourse by passing a resolution saying that the use of taxes for these projects would cause the material harm.

Mr. Wells stood for questions from the Committee.

Amelia Kovar-Donohue, Attorney, Kansas Department of Revenue noted there could be a reduction in property tax revenues with this bill and at this time, the Department was unable to put a dollar amount to the bill. 

Representative Proehl testified as a proponent of HB2314. (Attachment 3)  The bill allows for tax increment financing (TIF) as a tool to help fund needed infrastructure improvements for cities and the ammunition plants located in Johnson and Labette counties.

Representative Proehl stood for questions from the Committee.

Michael Johnston testified as a proponent for HB2314(Attachment 4)   Mr. Johnston noted this bill authorizes the county commissioners to issue special purpose bonds which are different then general obligation bonds.  Other taxing units in the county could opt out by resolution if they thought payment of the taxes would create a hardship.  

Mr. Johnston stood for questions from the Committee.

There being no other conferees, Chairperson Johnson closed the hearing on HB2314.