Who is to blame for pressure on property taxes?

State Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, again is promoting a bill that would require local governments to lower their mill levy every time property values rise, unless they publicly vote to increase taxes. The idea is to help prevent “hidden tax increases.” But former Topeka Rep. Ann Mah contends that it is a “a nanny-state bill masquerading as property-tax relief.” She argued in committee testimony last week that the Legislature, not local government, is to blame for the pressure to raise property taxes: “Who cut school funding? Who cut funding for safety-net services? Who cut funding for mental health, turning our jails into psych wards? Who has systematically been pushing the cost of government from the state to local units of government? You can thank the Legislature for all that.”