Sales tax on utility bills alive in Legislature, says BPU chief

By Nick Gosnell
April 20, 2015

McPherson Board of Public Utilities General Manager Tim Maier spoke Monday at the McPherson City Commission to let them know of the possibility of state sales tax being added to utility bills, should a proposal in the Kansas Legislature pass.

Maier said, "The way it's written right now, gas, water, electric and heat."

Right now, residential and agricultural electric consumption is not subject to state sales tax. That tax was lifted in 1979.

Maier said, "It's one of the things they're starting to talk about as a way to fund the state budget."

Maier just didn't want consumers to be blindsided. He said, "I'm here today just to make people aware of that, in case it does show up."

Any new legislation passed would take effect July 1. The current proposed rate is 6.1 percent, but there is discussion of increasing it to 6.3 percent.