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Minutes for SB167 - Committee on Assessment and Taxation

Short Title

Property tax lid; cities and counties; repealed.

Minutes Content for Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Chairperson Tyson opened a hearing on SB167.

Adam Siebers presented to the Committee a description of SB167.  He stood for questions.

Senator Hardy presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB167 because "the bill has saddled local governments with a harsh restriction on local control". (Attachment 1) He stood for questions.

Erik Sartorius presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB167 indicating "the timelines imposed by the tax lid are unrealistic for local governments to receive information on which to base their budgets". (Attachment 2) He stood for questions.

Randall Allen presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB167 providing three reasons why the current property tax lid should be repealed. (Attachment 3)  He stood for questions.

Written only testimony presented to the Committee in support of SB167 was provided by: Tom Robinett, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce (Attachment 4);  Ashley Sherard, Lenexa Chamber of Commerce (Attachment 5); Scott Heidner, American Council of Engineering Companies (Attachment 6); Bernie Koch, Harvey County Council of Governments (Attachment 7); Lyle Butler, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (Attachment 8); Larry Jones, Finney County Commissioner (Attachment 9); Richard Nienstedt, Ottawa City Manager (Attachment 10); Randall Trease, Baxter Springs (Attachment 11), David Austin, Bel Aire (Attachment 12), Kendal Francis, Coffeyville (Attachment 13), Ed Patton, Herington (Attachment 14), Meryl Dye, Hutchinson (Attachment 15), Thomas Markus, Lawrence (Attachment 16), City of Lenexa (Attachment 17), Clair Donnelly, Maize (Attachment 18), Kiel Mangus, Manhattan (Attachment 19), Chris Engel, Merriam (Attachment 20), Richard Boeshaar, Mission Hills (Attachment 21), Terry Somers, Mount Hope (Attachment 22), City of Olathe (Attachment 23), City of Overland Park (Attachment 24), Artie Stuteville, Paola (Attachment 25), Alley Williams, Prairie Village (Attachment 26), Jon Quinday, Russell (Attachment 27),  Nolan Sunderman, Shawnee (Attachment 28), Jason Gage, Salina (Attachment 29), Keith Schlaegel, Stockton (Attachment 30), Jeff Longwell, Wichita (Attachment 31); and Mike Taylor, Wyandotte Unified Government (Attachment 32).

No testimony neutral to SB167 was presented to the Committee.

Eric Stafford presented testimony to the Committee in opposition of SB167 because taxpayers desire "a voice when local units of government attempt to increase property taxes higher than the rate of inflation". (Attachment 33) He stood for questions.

Aaron Popelka presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB167 because it "seeks to destroy a compromise that was reached . . . last year" and "would result in a substantial property tax increase on KLA members".  (Attachment 34) He stood for questions.

Patrick Vogelsberg presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB167 because it takes "away Kansans' right to vote on property tax increases that exceed the rate of inflation".  (Attachment 35) He stood for numerous questions.

Dave Trabert presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB167 because it "would strip citizens of their statutory right to vote on whether, with some exceptions, property taxes should increase by more than inflation". (Attachment 36) He stood for questions.

Jeff Glendening presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB167 because the bill ends "the restriction that cities and counties must keep their budget increases to inflation adjustments only, and by no longer requiring cities or counties to put any substantive increases in their budgets to a public vote".  (Attachment 37) He stood for questions.

Written only testimony presented to the Committee in opposition to SB167 was provided by Mandy Roe, Kansas Cooperative Council & Randy Stookey, Kansas Grain & Feed Assn./Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Assn. (Attachment 38); and John Donley, Kansas Farm Bureau (Attachment 39).

When all questions from the Committee were answered, Chairperson Tyson closed the hearing on SB167.