A fixture bill being proposed in the Kansas Legislature remains a topic of concern for many county department heads.
The bill would establish fixtures in commercial buildings — machinery and equipment that can be removed and transported without affecting property integrity or value — as exempt from property taxes. The bill is intended to encourage the growth of businesses in Kansas.
Eliminating property tax on these items could mean an increase of 10 percent on property taxes statewide.
In a meeting between McPherson county commissioners and McPherson department heads Tuesday, concerns were expressed about how the bill could mean higher property taxes for private homeowners.
Rick Witte, county administrator, said if the bill should pass, the burden may fall on county leaders to cut funding to certain programs to alleviate any increased potential tax burden on homeowners.
“Counties are going to have to define who they are, and ask, ‘What services do we provide?’” Witte said.
The fixture bill is still being discussed within the Kansas Legislature.
In other business:
• The commission approved $57,000 for public works to purchase a used 2012 Bomag nine- wheel roller with 68 hours of use. Also approved was work towards rent agreement for another Bomag roller with 33 hours of use. Public works will trade in a used Ingersoll roller. The rollers will be used for street construction and maintenance.