Governor Kelly signed bipartisan House Bill 2239, which provides sales and property tax relief to Kansans impacted by natural disasters.
The measure includes a sales tax exemption for agricultural fencing and empowers county commissions to abate property taxes when the governor has declared a disaster and properties or homesteads have been damaged. In addition to these measures, the underlying legislation provides property tax relief by increasing the property tax exemption on all residential properties and providing a property tax refund for seniors and veterans.
For the fires that occurred in December of 2021, farmers and ranchers who are continuing to replace fencing on their pasture will be able to take advantage of the exemption. For those who have already replaced their fencing, they will be eligible for a refund. After July 1, 2022, a sales tax exemption to repair or replace fencing on agricultural land becomes permanent.