Property Tax Relief Tops for Topeka Representative

A Topeka area state representative is putting property tax relief as his top priority for the upcoming legislative session.

Rep. Joe Patton, R-Topeka, announced his 2008 legislative agenda Tuesday.

“The government is putting a financial squeeze on seniors on fixed incomes,” Patton said in a statement. “With property taxes going up every year, they are being forced to sell their homes or do without essentials to pay the taxes. We should change the system to protect their homes.”

Pattons said he would like to see new gaming revenue dedicated to property tax relief. He will also push to "freeze" property tax increases for senior citizens by using a refundable income tax credit. Patton introduced such a measure last session. HB 2467 would create a refundable income tax credit for a portion of the property taxes paid by taxpayers who are 65 years of age or older. The income tax credit would be equal to the difference in property taxes timely paid on the principal residence of the taxpayer for the year in which the tax credit is claimed and the property taxes paid on that property for tax year 2006.

Patton also co-sponsored a resolution that called for a constitutional amendment to freeze property valuations for residential property tax purposes for seniors.

In addition to property taxes, Patton also will introduce legislation to reform the state’s sentencing guidelines. Patton has been holding public hearings on the issue since the summer.

Patton represents the 54th district in the Kansas Legislature, which includes south-central Topeka and Shawnee County, including Auburn.


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