From the Flint Hills Center:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dave Trabert
January 28, 2009
Proposition K Will Make Property Taxes Fairer and More Predictable
(WICHITA) – A new property tax initiative—known as Proposition K—seeks to stabilize property taxes in Kansas and make local government budgeting more transparent for taxpayers. Yet Proposition K places no limits on the ability of elected officials to raise revenue or balance budgets. Rep. Steve Brunk (R-Wichita) will introduce the Proposition K legislation today.
Over the last 10 years (1997 to 2007), property taxes statewide have increased 83% (see attachment—Tax Growth by County). Residential property taxes are even worse, with a 119% increase in total collections. There simply is no good reason for these outrageous increases. It’s not driven by a need to serve more people; Kansas’ population has only grown 7% over that same period. It’s not inflation; the Consumer Price Index increased about 2.5% per year. It’s the appraisal process.
SEATTLE — Five-time All-Star Mike Sweeney and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a minor league contract, and the 35-year-old will compete to become the team’s designated hitter.
Sweeney has a .299 career average with 199 home runs and 849 RBIs in 14 seasons, the first 13 with Kansas City. He appeared in only 42 games with Oakland last year, when he had surgery on both knees. The Athletics released him Sept. 9.