Topeka A Kansas House committee has been asked to reject a plan to impose the state’s sales tax on residential utility bills.
The House Taxation Committee wrapped up testimony Tuesday on a bill to eliminate exemptions to the 5.3 percent sales tax. The measure would raise $182 million to help close a budget shortfall.
Most of the money raised would come from eliminating a sales tax exemption on residential water, electric and natural gas bills.
But David Springe (Sprin-GHEE’), chief attorney for a state agency representing residential customers, says utility customers already are hurting and angry.
Joe Dick, a lobbyist for the Board of Public Utilities in Kansas City, Kan., says many of its customers already are struggling to pay their bills.