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Refunds and abatements vexing for those setting budgets

Many taxing entities in Barton County must deal with losses in revenue due to tax abatements and refunds on such property as oil and gas leases.

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When County Clerk Donna Zimmerman spoke to the Barton County Commission this past Monday morning, as she does regularly, she sought approval of property tax abatements and refunds.
This time, the request included 33 refunds, all on oil and gas leases and all ordered by the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals. The assessed value of the leases is $1,108,636 and the total refunds come to $163,486.
That was last week. She will visit the commission again next week with more.
 So far this year, the commission has signed or will have signed off on $836,821 in ...

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