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Tax credits a boon to some groups in northwest Kansas

7/15/2014

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

Area nonprofit groups will be participating in the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program, taking a slice of the $4.13 million in tax credits available.

One of the awards is for $125,000, which would let the Gove County Health Department move from the city of Gove, which has a population of less than 100 people, to the city of Quinter -- the largest city in the county.

"Gove County will move the county's health department from the city of Gove to the city of Quinter," the Kansas Department of Commerce said in announcing the selections, "in order to provide better and more convenient access to health care services for the majority of the county's residents."

The tax credit program is administered by the KDOC and has been in place since 1994.

"Community Service Tax Credits support the fundraising efforts of organizations that help make Kansas a great place to live," KDOC Secretary Pat George said in a statement. "The non-profits receiving CSP awards serve communities all across our state by providing a wide range of services that enhance the quality of life and create economic opportunity."

These are not cash awards, according to KDOC spokesman Matt Keith, "but tax credits that the non-profits can award to donors who support their capital campaigns."

Projects eligible for tax credit awards include community service, crime prevention and health care. The awards are distributed through a competitive application process.

The requests can be for up to $250,000 in tax credits. Applicants in rural areas with less than 15,000 population are eligible to receive a tax credit equal to 70 percent of the cost of the entire project.

Metropolitan areas can get only a 50-percent credit.

In addition to the Gove County project, the awards include the Logan County Hospital in Oakley, the Russell Senior Citizens Organization, the Scott County Hospital in Scott City and the Kansas Sampler Foundation in Inman.

The $200,000 in tax credits awarded for the Logan County project will be used to raise money to update the hospital building.

The hospital's roof cannot be repaired, requiring the installation of a new roof.

The Russell Senior Center will level, pave and install drainage on its entire south parking lot. Its tax credit award is for $32,000. The project is designed to provide safe off-street parking for seniors, as well as other individuals participating in the community's many activities.

Scott County Hospital will use its CSP award of $160,000 to raise money for the purchase and installation of permanent magnetic resonance imaging equipment. This will help provide improved care for patients, with faster diagnosis and treatment.

The Kansas Sampler Foundation's award of $200,000 in tax credits will be used to raise money to build an online program called Kanstarter, which will be used to help secure funding for community projects and find volunteers.

Kanstarter is designed to help sustain Kansas communities through the project submission process, as well as social media outreach for funding support, KDOC said.