Kansas Sen. Melcher tax idea targets farmers... again

May 7, 2015

A farmer swaths alfalfa into windrows outside of Pleasantview, Kansas on July 2, 2014
Credit Calvin Mattheis / The Hutchinson News

Kansas farmers are getting ready to bring in the wheat harvest, they are again being targeted to help make up Topeka’s budget woes reports Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland.

There’s a proposed $3 excise tax on all land- agricultural, residential, and commercial.  The bill is proposed by Sen Jeff Melcher- R-Leawood.

Melcher told The News this week that farmers have had it good for too many years, and he wants them to be on a level playing field.

If it’s approved the bill would generate about $150 million according to Melcher. 

Homeowners with one acre of land or less would pay $3 more in taxes.  A farmer with 1,000 acres would pay $3,000 more.

Kansas lawmakers are working to fix a projected budget shortfall of more than $550 million in the coming fiscal year.