Kansas counties wary of rural tax incentives

Monday, July 18, 2011 | 12:28 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — A new program to help rural Kansas counties attract residents is gaining interest, but some county officials are hesitant to participate in all the program's provisions.

The Kansas City Star reports that counties that qualify as rural opportunity zones are interested in the income tax provisions of the program. However, some county officials are unsure if they will partner with the state to forgive student loans. Officials say they are worried that the state's money will dry up in the future, like it has with other programs.

Still, the counties are hopeful that the promise of five years of no income tax is enough to attract a few new residents from out of state. Gov. Sam Brownback pushed the idea through the 2011 legislature to help the rural economy.


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