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Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Skelton is calling for efforts to step up the collection of delinquent property taxes, calling them "the largest and most improper subsidy" existing in the county.
During Wednesday's commission meeting, Skelton said the rest of the taxpayers are picking up the burden for people who are not paying their taxes on time. He said he wants to look at steps to reduce the number of delinquent taxpayers, rather than seeing it increase every year.
Skelton said the collection of delinquent taxes can help the county budget. He wants to take this issue to the Kansas Legislature next year.
"It's a symbol of irresponsiblity when you have the same people (on the list) over and over again that use the system," he said. "It's totally improper. Shame on them."
Commission chairman Tim Norton asked county staff to get more information, and commissioners are planning discussions with county treasurer Linda Kizzire to determine how the issue can be presented to the 2013 legislative session.