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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: A closer look at sales and property tax

  • Here are my thoughts on the tax trade off between a sales tax and property tax break.
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  • To the editor:
    Here are my thoughts on the tax trade off between a sales tax and property tax break.
    Since everyone pays the consumption sales tax, and only property owners will reap the reward of a tax cut, it seems to me the property owner is getting a refund on the extra sales tax they will have to pay.
    The sales tax will affect non-property owners disproportionately, since property owners are more affluent, generally. By definition, the poorer have more constrained resources.
    Property owners, of which I am one, have acclimated to the present tax. We have a stable revenue stream. I would say keep the tax intact and revisit when the city/county is prosperous enough to enjoy a property tax cut without raising another tax.
    Since 74 percent of Kansas voters are GOP registered, it appears strange to me that conservative majority municipalities would consider tax raises, a powerful anathema to the conservative Republican.
    Maybe it is who gets the raise and who gets the cut, which voter electorate?
    Comparing cities and counties is almost impossible.
    Every municipality has its own tax requirements and revenues.
    I would consider other revenue streams, like stricter speeding enforcement — notice the cars passing you on Fourth Street when you are going 30 miles per hour — or code violation enforcement that has been posited, reducing elected official salaries or benefits, and not spending government funds for private business interests, such as a downtown hotel.
    I found online that a local city-county sales tax rate of 2.35 percent is the maximum under Kansas law.
    Since we have already a 2 percent rate in effect, 1 percent each for Leavenworth city and county, are we changing Kansas law by voting in a 1 percent hike?
    The basic premise for all of this is how we protect or enhance our revenue, like tax exemptions/deductions, federal government grants/cost sharing, customer gouging bailouts, converting real income to capital gains, off-shore tax aversion, accepting unneeded subsidies, and mortgage fraud, to name a few.
    In a nutshell, don't tax you or me, just the guy behind that tree. When all else fails, legislate a tax cut.
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