Kansas Senate Approves overdue Fuel Tax Payments

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate approved a bill that
grants $6.6 million in overdue state fuel tax revenue sent to the
wrong counties over a three-year period.

The funding was wrapped into a $335 million deficit-reduction
bill sent to the House Thursday. The money would go to 19 counties
that didn't receive sufficient payment from the state's fuel tax
account.

Shawnee County was shorted the most of any county -- $3.3 million -- but more than 80 counties received too much.

The problem was traced to a 10-year-old computer error that wasn't discovered and fixed until 2008.

Democratic Sen. Laura Kelly of Topeka said counties are not required to return money they weren't entitled to receive. The bill covers only the past three years because the state can't reconstitute enough data to correct calculations beyond that time.


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