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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback talks with members of the community about various issues April 24 at Lyndon City Hall.

Elisabeth Gaston | Reporter

LYNDON—Governor Sam Brownback visited Lyndon City Hall April 24 as part of his bus tour to visit all 105 counties in Kansas.

Governor Brownback shook hands with those in attendance and then proceeded to discuss topics that he thought were most pressing.

When talking about the state budget, Brownback brought up a the personal watercraft bill that recently passed in the legislature. The bill reduces the 30 percent tax assessed on the market value of watercraft beginning next year. In 2014, personal watercraft will be taxed 11.5 percent of its market value and in 2015 the taxed portion will drop to 5 percent.

“I’m sure in a county like yours, with two reservoirs, that will make a difference,” Brownback said.

“It will mean a lot less tax revenue, and I don’t think that’s right,” said Osage County Commissioner Carl Meyer. “We need to tax pleasure vehicles the same as necessary vehicles. It’s not right for pleasure vehicles to be taxed at less weight.”

“Part of the problem we are trying to correct, correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t a lot of people registering their boats out of state?” Brownback asked. “This is an effort to try to get those boats registered in state.”

“If someone in Kansas buys a boat and licenses it in Oklahoma, that should be against the law,” Meyer said.

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