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KU Center for Applied Economics releases report on Kansas property taxes

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

LAWRENCE — The KU Center for Applied Economics has released a new report on the property tax rates of Kansas cities.

Titled “Kansas Property Taxes: A Comparison Among Cities,” the report compares the property tax rates of Kansas cities to each other, as well as to similarly sized cities in other states. The report demonstrates that most Kansas cities followed the same basic pattern from 2005-10 — relatively lower business taxes (especially on industrial properties) and relatively higher homestead property taxes.

The report is authored by Dr. Art Hall, the founding Executive Director of the Center for Applied Economics.

According to the report, state-level changes in property tax law, enacted in 2006, explain the lower business property taxes. The law did not apply to the calculation of homestead property taxes, so the higher relative property taxes on homes must be related to an increase in relative property tax rates in 2010 relative to 2005, the report concludes.

The full report is available online at www.business.ku.edu/research/applied_economics/publications.

The report is a follow-up to Hall’s 2006 study, “Property Tax Comparisons Among Kansas Localities and Select Cities of the United States,” which examined property tax rates from 1975-2005.

The mission of the Center for Applied Economics is to help advance the economic development of the state and region by offering economic analysis and economic education relevant for policy makers, community leaders, and other interested citizens. The center is housed within the KU School of Business.



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