Daily Archives: March 14, 2014

Let locals control timing of local elections

votingboothAt least a Kansas Senate committee decided against placing municipal and school board elections on the same ballot as state and federal elections. But in voting to move local elections from the spring to August and November of odd-numbered years, the Senate panel dismissed the wishes of local officials, who overwhelmingly oppose the change. Why is this the Legislature’s concern? What happened to local control?

Open thread (March 14)

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Fitness clubs unlikely to get tax break

taxrevenueA bill to grant property-tax exemptions to fitness clubs appears dead this session. The House Taxation Committee tabled Senate Bill 72 and doesn’t intend to take it up again, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. The bill was promoted by Rodney Steven, president of Genesis Health Clubs in Wichita, as a way to level the playing field with nonprofits like the YMCA. Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita, who chairs the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee, agreed with the decision to table the bill. Instead of granting new tax exemptions, Donovan favors stripping YMCAs of their sales-tax exemption on memberships. “That’s a much cleaner, more reasonable approach,” he said.