Impact of Kansas school finance ruling

Most reporting and commentary on the recent Kansas school finance suit decision has mentioned the cost to the state of fulfilling the court’s order, and on how much state taxes would have to increase.

But local property taxes would rise, too. In a policy brief, Kansas Policy Institute writes:

The Gannon court ruling on school finance would cost taxpayers $597 million more per year. The state aid formula would have to be increased by $443 million ($654 per‐pupil time weighted enrollment of 677,833). Local property taxes would automatically increase by $154 million as higher state aid would increase the Local Option Budget.

KPI presents two options for raising the funds necessary to meet the court’s spending decree, and how that would affect Kansas tax rates compared to other states. Click on Impact of Kansas School Finance Ruling on Sales and Property Tax.