Kansas companies that had their business operations impacted by the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible for property tax refunds starting next year. House Bill 2313 was signed into law by Governor Laura Kelly.
Businesses can apply to their county commissioners board for a reimbursement of the property taxes levied during the shutdown or restriction. The reimbursement will be calculated as a daily amount of the total property taxes levied by the state, county and all other taxing subdivisions multiplied by the number of calendar days the ordered shutdown was in effect.
If the owner is the operator of the business that was shut down or restricted, they are entitled to 100% the reimbursement. If the owner is not the operator, they are entitled to 50% of the reimbursement and the operator is entitled to the other 50%. Operators can elect to credit their share of the reimbursement to the owner to cover delinquent rent.
Also included in the new law is a two-year extension of the statewide 20-mill property tax levy that raises about $750 million annually for public schools.