AP: Kansas lawmakers move quickly on local tax ‘transparency’

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas legislators are moving quickly to try a different approach in seeking to limit city and county taxes.

The Senate voted 34-1 on Thursday for a proposed transparency law that would require local officials to notify their constituents and hold a public hearing if they intend to spend extra dollars raised with property taxes. The bill would repeal what many lawmakers see as an ineffective a lid on city and county property taxes that took effect in 2017. The Republican-controlled Legislature approved a similar transparency bill last year, but Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed it.

She said this week she was worried about administrative burdens for local officials.

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