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Residential property owners in Kansas to see small tax break

April 14, 2022 GMT
Kansas House Minority Leader Dan Hawkins, left, R-Wichita, confers with Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, during a session at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Friday, April 1, 2022. Democrats are frustrated that Republicans are resisting Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's proposal to eliminate the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries this year. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
Kansas House Minority Leader Dan Hawkins, left, R-Wichita, confers with Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, during a session at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Friday, April 1, 2022. Democrats are frustrated that Republicans are resisting Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's proposal to eliminate the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries this year. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
Kansas House Minority Leader Dan Hawkins, left, R-Wichita, confers with Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, during a session at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Friday, April 1, 2022. Democrats are frustrated that Republicans are resisting Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's proposal to eliminate the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries this year. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
Kansas House Minority Leader Dan Hawkins, left, R-Wichita, confers with Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, during a session at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Friday, April 1, 2022. Democrats are frustrated that Republicans are resisting Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's proposal to eliminate the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries this year. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
Kansas House Minority Leader Dan Hawkins, left, R-Wichita, confers with Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, during a session at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Friday, April 1, 2022. Democrats are frustrated that Republicans are resisting Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's proposal to eliminate the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries this year. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Home and apartment-building owners will get a small break in the property taxes they’ll owe this year and are likely to see small decreases in future years under a measure Gov. Laura Kelly signed into law Thursday.

The legislation includes a grab-bag of changes expected to cut taxes by $310 million over the next three years. The biggest piece of the savings, about $134 million over three years, goes to owners of residential property.

To help fund public schools, the state imposes a tax of $2.30 for every $1,000 of a residential property’s value as determined by the county appraiser, but it exempts the first $20,000 from the levy. The measure Kelly signed increases the exemption to $40,000 for this year, saving the owners of any residential property worth that much or more $46 a year.

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The state will be required to adjust the exemption annually based on the 10-year average percentage for how much the value of all the state’s residential property increases. The exemption is likely to inch up steadily.

The Republican-controlled Legislature is considering other tax cuts worth roughly $1.2 billion over three years. Kelly is pushing for elimination this year of the state’s 6.5% sales tax on groceries, while GOP lawmakers have proposed phasing it out over three years.

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