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Being like Texas would be costly
Wichita Eagle [KS], by Michael Smith

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Posted By:wildcat1, 12/5/2013 10:50:05 AM

When Gov. Sam Brownback cried “Look out, Texas, here comes Kansas!” in his 2013 State of the State address, he probably did not mean higher property taxes, relocated minimum-wage jobs and unequal school funding. Yet these problems balance out Texas’ storied economic growth. Brownback wants to eliminate Kansas’ income tax, the single largest share of revenues. This would mean massive changes to school funding, services and property taxes. The impact on economic growth is less clear.With no income tax and a relatively modest sales-tax rate of 6.25 percent, Texas also features some of America’s highest property taxes

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Barf alert. This is just more of the left-wing media in conservative Kansas spouting off. Kansas will never be Texas, but we have many things in common in our leadership now.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 12/5/2013 11:18:09 AM     (No. 9641366)

OK, I don´t wanna barf-But just from the intro, I have to ask--why would a lefty be carping at high property taxes--I mean, they only hit the "propertied class", right? There´s just no pleasing a brain-dead lefty...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bad-hair, 12/5/2013 11:26:47 AM     (No. 9641384)

Being like California/New York/Illinois/....
would be more costly. Way more.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: spahrkl, 12/5/2013 11:27:30 AM     (No. 9641385)

I have nothing against schools/education. But taxes are not going to the children for betterment of education. It´s going for huge buildings, and to the administration/teachers. I came across a test which was given to students in the 1800 and it was certainly a challenge which covered a wide variety of topics. I think I could easily say that today´s college educated would be challenged.

So, money doesn´t produce an excellent education.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/5/2013 12:14:26 PM     (No. 9641474)

I think its commendable to look for better ways to levy taxes, but there´s still not near enough discussion about how to reduce taxes simply by cutting spending.

#3 is absolutely correct. Around here I´ve seen several elementary schools getting very expensive-looking facelifts. (And the new buildings are spectacular.) I don´t see the home owners in the area spending money for facelifts on their own homes. Perhaps they would if they hadn´t been taxed so heavily and they could afford to improve their own conditions -- but too much money was taken by the government to leave any for personal use. But also, if you do improvements to your home, your tax basis increases, so you get hit coming and going.

STOP the spending. At all levels of government.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/5/2013 12:45:08 PM     (No. 9641515)

The writer doesn´t mention and it´s probably not exactly apt for his article, but the reason Texas´ property taxes are so high is that the richer school districts must contribute to the needier school districts. It used to be called Robin Hood, but no one likes that characterization now, so it´s called something else. Yes, in my district, we pay very high property taxes so our school district can maintain our "Superior" scholastistic rating while sending millions to be redistributed among school districts along the border. It was a good idea in theory, but it´s a huge burden to property owners now.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/5/2013 12:46:20 PM     (No. 9641517)

Mr. Smith, let me help you by looking up the Kansas and Texas rates, since you did not, but nevertheless wrote an unsupported article that is wrong on the facts. Property tax rates in Kansas average 1.29% of FMV, or $1,625, on median house value of $125,500. In Texas, property tax rates average 1.81%, or $2,275, on median house value of $125,800. The state sales tax rate in Kansas is 6.15%, in Texas, 6.25%. Both states add on city and count taxes. The income tax rate for a married couple is 4.9% on income over $30K in Kansas; there is no income tax in Texas. Do the math, Mr. Smith, and if it is taxes you are worried about, I suggest you pack your bags for Texas, and at the very least, in future, check your facts and/or quit lying.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 12/5/2013 1:27:52 PM     (No. 9641574)

Property taxes in Kansas City, KS are certainly lower in terms of pure dollars than for a comparable home in, say, Dallas, even though the rates aren´t that far apart. A good part of the reason is that home prices are lower for similar square footages.

Also, while #6 makes a good math case, he doesn´t address the portion of the property taxas levied by schools and hospital districts. Perhaps they are included in his numbers but he doesn´t say. The hospital portion is miniscule but the school portion doubles my taxes. If #6 is NOT including those, his numbers are off some. If he IS including those, he makes a very good point.

Either way, we are paying a fortune in property taxes going to schools for what we are getting, which is mostly poorly educated children.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: wildcat1, 12/5/2013 3:51:09 PM     (No. 9641782)

I´m enjoying the responses from posters, probably from Kansas and Texas. I trust their pinions much more than those of Michael Smith. I´m a farmer and I think the property taxes on farm ground and hos in taxes are fair. In Kansas, as in Texas, the wealthier school districts help support the poorer ones, that´s good up to a point. Income taxes in Kansas aren´t out of line for our budget needs.

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