Senate Bill 261
Dear Wheatland Electric Member,
As many of you are probably aware, the State of Kansas is facing some serious challenges in terms of balancing its budget. At last check, officials were projecting a $600 million dollar shortfall for the 2016 budget. Over the past few weeks a number of tax bills have been introduced that seek sources to increase revenues for the State.
One option that is currently being considered is Senate Bill 261. This bill would eliminate the state’s sales tax exemption on residential utility bills. Under current law, the state does not charge sales tax on natural gas or electricity for residential or agricultural use. If this bill were to pass, the state would start charging sales tax which would effectively result in your electric bill increasing by over 6%.
Wheatland would simply become the collection point for this tax. This 6.15% increase would not be a rate increase enacted by your Board of Trustees, nor would you receive any direct benefit in terms of increased or improved services from Wheatland. A 6.15% sales tax increase would cost the average Wheatland residential member an extra $7 per month or $85 per year.
Wheatland and your member-elected Board of Trustees understand that something needs to be done to return the state to solid financial footing. However, we don’t believe our electric cooperative members should solely carry that burden. We need good schools and healthy government and Wheatland is committed to continuing to be a part of the solution for a strong and healthy rural Kansas. We kindly ask that you would consider contacting your legislators and voice your opinions on Senate Bill 261.
Below is a list of state legislators who represent Wheatland’s service territory:
House of Representatives:
|Rep. Ryckman, Sr.||115||785 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rep. Hineman||118||785 email@example.com|
|Rep. Jennings||122||785 firstname.lastname@example.org|
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Bruce W. Mueller
General Manager, Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc.