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May 10, 2021Topeka, Kan. |  By: AP

Plan ties Kansas school tax to break for closed businesses

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A measure approved by Kansas lawmakers ties the renewal of 
a tax that's crucial to funding public schools to a proposed tax break for businesses that are forced to shut down during future emergencies or pandemics. 

The bill approved early Saturday is a response from the GOP-controlled Legislature to frustrations that businesses shut down or restricted last year during the coronavirus pandemic still owed local property taxes.

The votes were 35-0 in the Senate and 108-3 in the House, sending the measure to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. Starting next year, counties would have to give property tax rebates to businesses shut down or restricted during a declared state of emergency.