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During the 1994 legislative session, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 732, which provides tax rebates for new construction and the rehabilitation of existing structures. Each municipality must adopt a plan and designate an area in which they want to promote revitalization and development or redevelopment within the county.
It is a refund of the property taxes which would otherwise be payable on the actual value added to a property due to a qualified improvement. The rebate only applies to the additional taxes resulting from the increase in assessed value of the property due to the improvement. Under the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, the taxes relating to the assessed value on the property prior to the improvement may not be reduced and will continue to be payable.
Qualified improvement to a structure includes new construction, rehabilitation, and additions.
“Structure” means any building, wall or other structure, including the building and improvements to existing structures and fixtures assimilated to the real estate.
New construction, additions and major rehabilitations will increase the assessed value. Repairs generally will not increase the assessed value unless there are several major repairs completed at the same time.
The plan will remain in effect through December 31, 2025, and will be re-evaluated at any time. A property owner may apply for tax rebate as appropriate any time during the program. The length of the tax rebate will be for seven (7) years for Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Properties and seven (7) years for residential property. Any application approved by December 31, 2025, will receive the tax rebate.
There will always be some taxes on property. Under Neighborhood Revitalization, the existing assessed value of the property and the resulting taxes prior to the improvements will continue. Also the rebate begins at 95% of the new assessed value.
Assessed valuation is the value of the property for taxing purposes, not the appraised value. For example, if the appraised value on a residential building is $100,000, the assessed value is $11,500.
There must be a minimum increase of $1,150 in Assessed Valuation for residential property (which equates to about $10,000 in appraised value) and $2,500 in Assessed Valuation (which equates to about $10,000 in appraised value depending on the type of business) for commercial, industrial or agricultural property. New, as well as existing improvements must conform with all codes, rules and regulations in effect. You should secure a building permit for most improvements, where applicable. Call the County or City Zoning Board to find out if you need a building permit. If building in the 3-mile zone surrounding the City of Larned or the City of Larned, contact the Larned City Zoning Administrator.
A property owner must file, and have an approved application with the County Appraiser before construction begins. There will be no exceptions!!
The property owner. Even if, as a lessee, you are doing the improvements and your lease agreement has you paying the taxes, the property owner must apply. The tax rebate will be included as part of the property’s tax record for the term of the rebate regardless of who owns or occupies the property.
Apply each year that you make a qualifying improvement to the property, even though the improvements may not actually be completed during the year. If no further improvements are made, the initial application will be sufficient without the property owner having to file an additional application for succeeding years in which a tax rebate is received.
Yes, the total taxes rebated to you over the seven year period may decrease only if the assessed value of the property decreases.
Yes, if the property should sell during the first seven years of the rebate program, the program’s rebate will continue with the new owner.
You can register to vote in the following ways:
Anyone with a current and valid Kansas driver's license or nondriver's identification card may submit an electronic voter registration application.
You must re-register and send a Voter Registration Form (PDF) to the Election Office:
You can go to Kansas VoterView provided by the Kansas Secretary of State's Office.
See the Pawnee County polling places.
Select and print the Advance Ballot Application (PDF). You must answer all questions and sign the form in order to receive a ballot. Once the completed application is returned to the County Election office, a ballot can be mailed to you.
Starting January 1, 2012, Kansas voters must show photographic identification when casting a vote in person. Read more information about acceptable forms of photo ID.
The qualifications to vote are that an individual must:
If you are 17 years old but will be 18 before the next election you may register to vote. This does not allow you to vote in the primary or at any other election before turning eighteen.
Registration forms can be obtained:
Registration is available at hundreds of places statewide. These sites may include:
The Kansas Voter Registration Application Form (PDF) is used to register and also to update registration records, such as name changes, address changes or party affiliation changes.
To complete the form: Read and carefully answer all required questions. Once the voter registration form has been completed and signed, you may return it by mail or hand-deliver it to your county election office. Your county election office will mail you a certificate after processing your application.
The deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days prior to that election. (Example: To vote in the November 6, 2012 general election, you must be registered by October 22, 2012.)
When moving to a different location, it is important to register to vote as soon as possible. This ensures that you are qualified to vote in upcoming elections.
There are two ways to change your voter registration information:
State law requires that all voters show photo identification each time they vote. Acceptable forms of identification include:
It is important to be informed about the candidates and issues. There are many sources of information that are easy to access including:
Be sure to know your rights and responsibilities when voting. Voter rights and responsibilities are posted at each polling place on Election Day. If you would like more information, go to Vote Kansas.
A primary election is held on the first Tuesday in August of even-numbered years for the nomination of Democratic and Republican candidates. Minor party candidates are nominated at state party conventions, and independent candidates file by petition. The general election is held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November of even-numbered years.
State law requires that polling places open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Election Day; however, the county may open the polls earlier and close them later. All voters who are in line at 7 p.m. are allowed to vote.
After registering, you will receive a voter registration certificate, which shows the location of your voting place. If, after checking your certificate, you are still unsure where to vote, contact your election officer for further assistance. You can also check your local newspaper, which will publish polling place addresses on or before Election Day.
Go to Kansas VoterView for voter registration, polling place, and absentee ballot information.
As a Kansas voter, you may:
Go to Vote Kansas for more information and instructions for the different types of ballots.
Be sure to have proper identification with you when going to vote. This will ensure that you are able to vote a regular ballot. Each polling place will have specific instructions for the method of voting.
Federal law requires that each state have a complaint procedure in place for voters who would like to express complaints about alleged election crimes or other voting problems. If you feel your rights were violated, refer to the complaint process at Vote Kansas or call your county election office.
For more information on the voting process please refer to Vote Kansas or contact your local county election office:Pawnee CountyRuth Searight, Election Officer715 BroadwayLarned, KS 67550Phone: 620-285-3721
The Secretary of State's office may be contacted at 785-296-4561 or toll-free at 800-262-8683 (VOTE).
The Homestead Refund is a rebate of a portion of the property taxes paid on a Kansas resident's homestead. Your refund percentage is based on your total household income. The maximum refund is $700.
Filers eligible for the Kansas Property Tax Relief claim receive 75% of their property tax with no maximum limit. Individuals are only eligible for one claim.
The Pawnee County Clerk's office would be happy to assist you in filling out and filing your homestead claim form.
Kansas Homestead claims (K-40H) and Kansas Property Tax Relief claims (K-40PT) can now be filed using the electronic Webfile system. This filing method is safe and secure and you could get your refund faster if you use the direct deposit option! Claims can be submitted after December 31, 2014, but no later than April 15, 2015.
You may also file by paper. Mail your claim to the address shown on the back of your K-40H or K-40PT. Obtain an instruction booklet and the claim forms:
The Homestead Refund Program is for homeowners who own and occupy their homestead and were residents of Kansas all of 2014. As a Kansas resident the entire year, you are eligible if your total household income is $33,400 or less and you meet at least one of the:
The Kansas Property Tax Relief claim is for homeowners that were 65 years of age or older, with a household income of $18,900 or less, and a resident of Kansas all of 2014.
In order to file online, you will need:
A homestead is a house, mobile or manufactured home, or other dwelling subject to property tax that you own and occupy as a residence.
A household is you, or you and your spouse who occupy a homestead, or you and one or more individuals not related as husband and wife who together occupy a homestead.
If you qualify for a refund you will have the option to have it directly deposited in a bank account or you can choose to have it mailed to you. Normal processing time for an error-free and complete homestead refund claim is 20 to 24 weeks. Claims requiring correspondence may take longer.
If you have a touch-tone phone and wish to inquire about your refund, call our toll-free refund line at 1-800-894-0318. To access your information on the automated system, you will need your Social Security number and the exact amount of your refund.
Filers are able to amend current year returns. If you filed your original Homestead claim using WebFile, you can log back into WebFile and select the amendment option to correct errors then submit the claim to replace the original. If you did not complete your original claim online, you must initiate a new claim and select the option to file the new claim as amended.