We have also attached contact information for you to contact these enemies of ag and the others who have been voting for these issues, let them know this is not acceptable, ag is the industry of Kansas which creates tremendous
Please see insert below received from Kansas Farm Bureau:
Today the Senate Assessment And Tax Committee worked on a larger tax bill and an amendment was offered to include SB 302. The amendment failed on a 4-7 vote. Also, SB 264 was offered as an amendment and failed on a voice vote. If it were recorded it likely would have been 4-7 as well. Rumors continue to circulate SB 302 and SB 264 will come up again – possibly in a different form such as a $2, $1 or even a $0.01 per acre “excise” tax. Thanks to all involved who continue to fight against these types of proposals.
The four senators who voted in favor of SB 302 and SB 264:
The seven who voted against:
We have added this new page within our site for issues that concern the Agricultural Community and land owners in general.
I felt compelled to do this after two of our elected officials came up with Senate Bill No. 178 & Senate Bill No. 264. You will find links to both of the proposed Bills on this page.
We will continue to post links to articles with information regarding the status of the proposed Bills.
Following is a news release sent this morning dealing with the latest in a continuing attempt by some in the legislature to wrest additional property taxes on ag land. This issue is similar to SB 178, which attempted to change 'use value' appraisal of ag land that could have increased property taxes from 400% - 600%.
Please contact your state Senator immediately, as a hearing for this bill could come this week. Feel free to edit the letter with personal information or how this tax would hurt your operation.
The news release follows:
SB 302: Unconstitutional assault on agriculture
As farmers are attempting to plant this year's crop, another effort to extort tax dollars from rural Kansans has now been introduced late in the legislative session.
Senate Bill 302, mandating a $3 "excise" tax on each acre of land is an unconstitutional attempt to wrest additional tax dollars out of hard working farmers and ranchers in every county in Kansas.
Like 43 other states, Kansas has a time-tested, constitutionally-mandated method of taxing agricultural land based upon income a landowner can expect to produce.
"Kansas farmers and ranchers oppose SB 302 just like we opposed the tax valuation changes of SB 178 - unequivocally and without hesitation," said Rich Felts, Kansas Farm Bureau president. "This bill is yet another veiled attempt to impair a stable, nationally-recognized tax system that continues to work and provides a stable income to counties, local school districts and other taxing entities. SB 302 is a tax increase and an unconstitutional one at that."
Felts added that agriculture is the number one driver of this state's economy and provides a solid foundation that has softened many of the impacts of a weak national economy for the past several years. He says KFB and its grassroots members will work to defeat any attempt to erode agriculture's vital role in the Kansas economy.
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