The Kansas County Commissioners Association supports restoring the longstanding partnership between the State of Kansas and local governments to control property taxes known as the Local Ad Valorem Tax Reduction Fund (LAVTR). Under the Local Ad Valorem Tax Reduction Fund, a portion of sales tax dollars collected by the State of Kansas are shared with city and county governments. It is Kansas law being broken by the Legislature. Those funds are then directly applied to lowering property tax levies. This time-tested partnership— started in 1937 and cancelled in 2003—provides dollar for dollar reductions in property tax bills. From 2004 through 2022, local governments have lost more than $1.7 billion in legally owed revenues withheld by Kansas Legislatures. Every dollar would have gone to lowering property taxes. The LAVTR partnership is a far better way to influence property tax rates than artificial and arbitrary controls such as tax and spending lids on local governments. Restoring the LAVTR will benefit every property taxpayer in Kansas. LAVTR is not the only promised and legally owed revenues not being paid to cities and counties.
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