Kansas Local Officials Worry about Budget Proposals

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ City and county officials across Kansas worry they'll be forced to increase property taxes or cut services because of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' budget proposals.

Those proposals could cut state aid to local governments by a total of $151 million during the current fiscal year and fiscal 2010, which begins July 1.

Her plans would divert liquor tax revenues from local governments to the state and withhold other aid payments to balance the state budget.

Local officials said Wednesday that their budgets already are under stress because of the economic recession.

Sebelius' cuts could even touch community groups. Cities and counties use one-third of their liquor tax revenues to pay those groups to treat alcoholics and drug addicts.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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