OP Mayor slams state’s budget proposal

By Tim Carpenter
timothy.carpenter@cjonline.com

Overland Park’s mayor denounced a bill scheduled for action Monday in the House requiring voter approval of budget increases advanced by city and county officials tied to escalation in property taxes.

Mayor Carl Gerlach said the legislation passed by the Senate on Sunday night could damage the ability of local units of government to properly support police and fire services or maintain public infrastructure.

“This is not the typical thoughtful policymaking process Kansans expect or deserve,” Gerlach said. “At the 11th hour and under great pressure to complete a state budget, the Kansas Senate enacted a major local budgetary policy decision impacting all cities and counties across the state without any committee discussion, without any public input, without a full understanding of the implications of this legislation.”

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, said the city-county property tax element was among policy reforms in sweeping adjustments included in a bill raising state tax collections to address a $400 million state budget deficit.

The Senate proposes to escalate state tax revenue in the next fiscal year by $470 million, including a new $47 million tax on managed care organizations. The property tax provision is designed to compel local units of government to deliver tax relief to Kansans, Bruce said.

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