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Kansas Supreme Court Strikes Down 2014 Law on Property Taxes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has struck down a law that shielded some residents from property tax hikes. The high court ruled Wednesday that the law unconstitutionally granted preferential treatment to "a discrete group of taxpayers." The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that nearly two dozen counties across the state asked the court last year to consider the constitutionality of the state law, which was passed by the Legislature in 2014 and imposed a two-year moratorium on increases in tax valuation for citizens who requested, and won, a valuation appeal. The state's high court sided with the counties on a 5-2 vote and found that the law was a violation of the Kansas Constitution's guarantee of "uniform and equal" property valuation and taxation.

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