May 23, 2024

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Tag: Overland Park

Overland Park Council member Melissa Cheatham deceives residents on property tax hike

Overland Park City Council member Melissa Cheatham recently demonstrated why the Kansas Legislature passed the Truth in Taxation Act in…

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Big property tax hikes proposed by most officials in Johnson County

As if past property tax increases that far exceed the change in inflation and population aren’t bad enough, most elected…

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Overland Park Mayor Skoog, staff pushing for (another) 10% property tax hike

Overland Park taxpayers could see their property taxes jump 9.7% for fiscal 2023 — on top of a 10.4% jump…

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JoCo officials setting residents up for a big property tax hike

Johnson County officials appear to be setting their residents up for a major property tax hike this year.  Most residential…

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Transparency works: 52% of local entities won’t increase property tax

Property tax transparency is working even better than proponents hoped, with 52% of local taxing authorities in Kansas deciding to…

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Mayoral candidate Skoog makes false accusations of KPI

Curt Skoog, a candidate for Overland Park mayor, made some false claims about Kansas Policy Institute and me personally at…

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Overland Park’s lower mill rate doesn’t equate to efficiency

Several Overland Park city council members last week justified voting for a 10% property tax increase by noting that their…

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Overland Park wastes $800,000 on mini-roundabouts

The late Milton Friedman could have been thinking about the City of Overland Park when he said, “when a man…

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Overland Park 2022 budget: deceit and a 10% property tax hike

Overland Park residents this summer will be invited to attend the city’s first Truth in Taxation hearing where city officials…

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KPI calls on Kelly to use COVID stimulus funding for property tax relief

Kansas Policy Institute today asked Governor Laura Kelly to follow the lead of Idaho Governor Brad Little, who is leveraging…

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Overland Park proposes 6% property tax increase

The City of Overland Park is proposing a 6.2% property tax hike next year, according to their proposed 2021 budget. …

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Overland Park may scrap Metcalf Crossing incentive package following project delays

A delay may result in the city of Overland Park scrapping the Metcalf Crossing private-public partnership to demolish two old…

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Johnson County execs ‘puzzled’ about sales tax decline, but keep spending more

Sales tax revenues are down, and Johnson County officials are waiting for the courts to determine the fate of several…

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Shoot-Out At Overland Park’s Oak Park Mall: Updated

Update: The Kansas City Star, to its credit, has reported the race of the perpetrator: “Lacy said police were looking…

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Gay Fireman Cleared On All Counts In Hooters Spitting Case

It is a testament to how far we have come as a society that an incident in which a gay…

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Dark Store Showdown: Executives Back Bus over JoCo Tax Assessments

Dark Store Showdown: Executives Back Bus over JoCo Tax Assessments Johnson County is ground zero in “dark store theory” controversy, an ongoing legal…

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Young Conservative Ejects Entrenched Bully from OP City Council

Two weeks before the election, the Sentinel explored the bizarre case of Terry Goodman, veteran Overland Park city councilman turned…

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The Inexplicable Paranoia of the Overland Park Power Bloc

Terry Goodman, part of the entrenched power bloc in Overland Park, has held his Council seat unchallenged since 2001. Overland…

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Wow! Overland Park Power Bloc Bullies Challengers to Maintain Status Quo

The entrenched powers in Overland Park have resorted to playing hardball to keep a handful of feisty outsiders at bay…

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