Autumn has arrived and the school year is well underway. As students begin seeing results from their efforts in the classroom, their parents and communities are starting to see results from HB 2506, the education bill passed earlier this year.
The $175 million school finance bill included funding for master teacher bonuses, technical education programs, and higher education. It also included the largest property tax reduction the state has seen in more than 15 years.
These measures are producing tangible relief for many Kansans: 204 of our Kansas public school districts have approved mill levy reductions as a result of this legislation.
These property tax decreases mean that Kansans can keep more of their hard-earned paychecks to save, spend or invest as they see fit. And this, after all, is one of the primary purposes of good government: to protect the people’s rights to what they have earned through their work.
State government must balance this goal with its other core functions, too, including the responsibility to fund its public education system fairly.
HB 2506 is helping us do just that by ensuring the proper equalization of those dollars, because all of our children deserve an excellent education, regardless of which school they attend or what part of the state they live in.
In the process, this legislation not only benefits students and teachers, but homeowners and businesses as well.
I am thankful that the legislature took swift action to pass this bill. Our state has great public schools, and this legislation ensures that we will continue to excel in education.
An interactive map showing property tax reductions across the state is available at