Shawnee is considering giving property tax relief to low-income residents – here’s how it would work
Shawnee plans to create a new property tax refund program for low-income residents.
Funding for the pilot program would come from approximately $ 98,000, which includes the balance of the 10 Quivira Community Improvement District Fund.
Shawnee City Council had an in-depth discussion on the pilot rebate program on Monday, driven primarily by comments in favor of helping low-income residents as much as possible.
Still, no official action was taken, and the city council unanimously agreed to consider adopting the program at a future city meeting.
10 Quivira CID, also known as Ten Quivira Plaza, is the mall on the northwest corner of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Quivira Road.
About $ 98,000 in funds were raised through a temporary 1% sales tax on retail sales in the shopping district, which expired but continued to collect taxes before its official shutdown, according to city documents. .
How would it work
The state of Kansas already offers property tax assistance to older residents and some low-income Kansans. some residents could still access both sources of assistance depending on their income level.
Here are some of the suggested parameters for the pilot property tax rebate program discussed by city council:
- Allow all low-income residents to participate, without age restrictions. The city would use the income brackets set by the US Department of Urban Housing Development.
- Set the rebate at 100% up to a maximum of $ 500 on city property tax.
- Restrict homeowners who received discounts from the state of Kansas by asking a simple yes / no question and how much they received. The city would use this data to evaluate the first year of the program.
- Be flexible with the amount set aside to ensure that no one is cut off from receiving funds, while funds are still available.
If approved by city council, the program would begin in 2022, with the city setting aside $ 50,000 to use for this year – but allowing that amount to be flexible as needed.
The program could end once the $ 98,000 is used up.
Shawnee already offers some rebate programs, but not for property taxes.
A current program allows reimbursement of fees paid on landlines for residents 62 years of age and over. The other program provides full reimbursement on electricity and / or gas bills, as well as city storm water service charges for residents in the “very low income” bracket as set by the US Department. of urban housing development, according to city documents.
Below is a recording of the meeting. The discussion starts at 2:05:56.