Kansas proposal would end state help on local school bonds

March 11, 2009
If passed, legislation would force local districts to make up the difference

Should the state of Kansas keep its promise to help local school districts pay off bond issues? That was the issue during a legislative committee hearing. The state pays for a portion of the debt that local school districts take on when they sell bonds for construction projects. A proposed bill would halt those contributions. That means districts would either have to hustle to issue bonds before the deadline or shift the cost to district taxpayers. In Wichita, district voters approved a $370 million bond issue last year. They were told that the bond issue would increase the property taxes on a $100,000 house by $42. Without the state's payments, the increase would climb to $53.50 a year.

Read The Wichita Eagle article.

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