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Sales tax changes hit Monday

By The Herald Staff | 6/28/2013

Kansans could shell out a couple of pennies less for that cup of coffee Monday morning.

The state sales tax rate is set to drop from 6.3 percent to 6.15 percent Monday.

Kansans could shell out a couple of pennies less for that cup of coffee Monday morning.

The state sales tax rate is set to drop from 6.3 percent to 6.15 percent Monday.

But some lawmakers said the so-called sales tax cut — approved by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Sam Brownback as the 2013 session wrapped up — actually is a tax hike because the rate was supposed to roll back to 5.7 percent Monday in accordance with a 2010 law. The 2013 Republican-controlled Legislature scuttled that plan and opted for a smaller cut.

“I did not like that we were not keeping the promise we made to lower sales tax to 5.7 percent on July 1 of this year,” Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, wrote in a recent column in The Herald. “I think we should keep those promises we make about temporary tax increases.”

Other lawmakers echoed that sentiment.

“I’m not buying that this is a tax cut,” Sen. Dennis Pyle, R-Hiawatha, told The Kansas City Star. “This is a tax increase,”

The following chart shows how the dip from 6.3 percent to 6.15 percent in the state sales tax rate will affect local rates.

Tax rates by county and city

Anderson County — 7.650 percent

Baldwin City — 8.400

Coffey County — 6.150

Douglas County — 7.150

Franklin County — 7.650

Garnett — 8.150

Greeley — 7.650

Lane — 8.650

Lawrence — 8.700

Lyndon — 8.150

Melvern — 7.150

Miami County — 7.400

Osage County — 7.150

Osawatomie — 8.400

Ottawa — 8.750

Overbrook — 8.150

Paola — 8.650

Pomona — 9.650

Princeton — 8.150

Quenemo — 7.150

Rantoul — 7.650

Richmond — 7.900

Wellsville  — 8.650

Williamsburg — 8.650

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