Politics & Government

Kansas ranchers replacing wildfire-damaged fences won’t have to pay sales tax

A large wildfire west of Medicine Lodge. (March 24, 2016)
A large wildfire west of Medicine Lodge. (March 24, 2016) File photo

Kansas farmers and ranchers who saw their fences damaged by wildfires earlier this year won’t have to pay sales tax when they buy materials to replace them under a law signed by Gov. Sam Brownback.

SB 149 creates a temporary sales tax exemption for goods and services used to replace a fence damaged by wildfire during the 2016 calendar year.

The legislation is intended to help those in Comanche and Barber counties who saw their fences destroyed earlier this year by one of the largest wildfires in the state’s history.

A rancher show the devastation wrought by the massive 2016 wildfire. Hundreds of thousands of acres were scorched in south-central Kansas. (by Oliver Morrison)

Four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters piloted and crewed by Kansas Army National Guard Soldiers joined the Anderson Creek wildfire fight on March 26. The helicopters arrived in Medicine Lodge on March 26 and dropped approximately 124 buckets of water,

Bryan Lowry: 785-296-3006, @BryanLowry3

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