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January 26, 2007


To the editor:

For those who read in the Journal-World about the state Legislature raising the refund on property taxes for those who qualify, it is a shame that the paper didn't print the table used to figure the refund and the percentages allowed (the Homestead Refund Percentage Table provided with the Kansas Homestead Claim Instructions - K-40H).

Fact is, the only people who get the full $600 as it is now are those who have $6,000 or less in reported income. The new $100 increase won't be of any help because the valuations on property go up and thus, the taxes also go up. Thanks, Topeka, for nothing.

The property valuations have to be frozen at some point, and Kansas already is 10 years too late for seniors.

The dim-bulb thinking in Topeka follows right down the river to Lawrence. We are being brainwashed into buying a $30 million library. The mayor, city manager and library board members are not thinking of Lawrence and its residents and taxpayers but rather a way to boost the construction in town and benefit a few developers who can't make it on their own.

Interesting that $6 million will build a retreat on 400 acres (that probably won't be taxed much either). Privately spent money seems to turn out a better bargain than public money.

We have never been told the truth about the public/private partnership at East Hills. Has the initial $750,000 the public bought the farm with been repaid?

The truth please?

David Holroyd,



Bladerunner 11 years, 3 months ago

We could use the "T" to bus people to the "affordable housing" in Kansas City, KS.

Godot 11 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Holroyd, I agree that property taxes are a huge drain on seniors. But the solution is not to freeze property values for seniors. Seniors already outnumber "non-seniors" and as the the coming wave of baby boomers turning 65 will only make this worse. Sheltering the boomers from paying their share of property taxes will place an enormous burden on young people.

The solution lies in reducing, or eliminating, the dependence on property taxes to fund local government. Replace property tax with a sales tax.

Speakout 11 years, 3 months ago

Replace all tax with a NATIONAL SALES TAX.

The rich can afford good lawyers who in turn find all th loop holes for their clients. I believe this is the only way to be fair with all tax. Let those who spend money so much pay the tax. Those who save willl save all around.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 3 months ago

I fail to understand how our Douglas County Property taxes are any more regressive than sales taxes. Every item on our water bill is a tax no matter if is titled a fee. Deliquent property taxes get homeowners tossed out of their homes which i say is quite regressive.

BigDog 11 years, 3 months ago

The Homestead Refund does little for many seniors, even those with lower to moderate incomes. In Topeka a person can have a moderate home and end up with a property tax bill close to $2,000. A refund only does good if you can afford to pay your property taxes in the first place. The low income seniors on fixed incomes often can't afford to pay them upfront.

KS 11 years, 3 months ago

Godot - I agree with your comment about the number of seniors outnumbering the non-seniors, but what do you think is going to happen to social security because of the same demographics? Nobody wants to fix that either. The younger folks are going to have to pay more in SS taxes, or changes in the program as to whom and when can draw are going to have to change. I too, am in favor of a national sales tax. I also like a flat tax idea too, but this too has a snowballs chance.

The solution to the problem is to reduce spending. Nobody wants to go that way either.

budwhysir 11 years, 3 months ago

I say all this will be solved when we put together a group to research affordable housing. This group will be paid for by increasing property taxes. Sounds like a confusing way of solving a problem. Make people pay more money on thier housing to see how we can save money on our housing and call it affordable.

Question is, how long does affordable last? I would say it lasts as long as you have more income coming in verses taxes going out

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