Kansas Boat Property Tax Amendment, HCR 5017 (2012)

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Boat Property Tax Amendment
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Type:legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
Constitution:Kansas Constitution
Referred by:Kansas Legislature
Status:On the ballot
The Kansas Boat Property Tax Amendment is on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Kansas as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would allow the state's property tax on boats to be altered. Specifically, the amendment would allow state legislators to classify and tax watercraft on a basis different from other property. The measure would not change how watercraft is taxed in the state, but rather it would allow for a change to be made.[1]

It was proposed during the 2012 state legislative session. A similar measure was on the 2000 statewide ballot, but was rejected with 50.7% of voters against it.[2]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

The following are unofficial election results:

Kansas HCR 5017
Approveda Yes 539,745 54%

3,543 out of 3,565 precincts reporting

Results via the Kansas Secretary of State.


  • According to Lt. Scott Hanzlicek with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, when commenting on high tax rates for boats and how this measure would pave a way to change that, "We are losing more and more boats, people are registering more and more boats in other states so losing more and more revenue every year. I think everyone is usually pretty much in favor of lowering taxes...This vote doesn't lower taxes or anything like that, it allows the legislature to change the way the taxes are collected on boats, and they may decide not to do anything, but it just gives them the power to do that."[3]


No formal opposition to the measure has been identified.

Path to ballot

A 2/3rds vote in both chambers of the Kansas State Legislature is required to refer an amendment to the ballot.

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