Kansas Wildlife Federation

Tuesday, June 29 2004

Circle K Ranch Appraisal In

The news is in, and it’s surprising: the Circle K Ranch is worth about $3.2 million.

During the Legislature, there were two objections from House legislators about the proposed Circle K purchase: one was that the Farm Bureau didn’t like it, and the other was that there was no appraisal, so the KDWP wasn’t being clear about how much money was actually on the line.

The upshot is that for about $800,000, we can retire about 8,000 acre-feet of water rights and open up 12 square miles of quail, pheasant, and mule deer habitat. That’s because state government land purchases for wildlife and hunting areas are eligible for a 75% reimbursement from excise taxes, which you pay every time you buy ammunition or guns. Kansans are paying this tax, we might as well get some of that money back here in the state.

So one objection down. What happens with the other one depends on whether or not the hunting community shows up in the next legislative session.

+ Dan @ 10:54am

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