TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) House Democrats have successfully amended a bill to provide $90 million in property tax relief over the next two years to Kansas cities and counties.
The measure was added Thursday during debate on a bill that would restrict the growth of property taxes in municipalities if the overall property valuation increases. The entire bill advanced on voice vote to final action on Friday.
Democrats tried earlier in the week to get $45 million in property tax relief inserted in a bill, a move defeated largely along party lines. Rep. Jim Ward of Wichita renewed the effort Thursday, doubling the amount. Both amendments would take the money from the state’s expected revenue surpluses.
The move is counter to efforts by Republicans to cut income taxes.