Kansas oil producers hit the skids

Plummeting oil prices have devastated operations across Kansas as producers scale back or shut down their operations. The losses will have a ripple effect for other

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April 30, 2020 - 10:10 AM

An oil pump jack in Kansas Photo by Scott Canon / Kansas News Service / kcur.org

WICHITA — The coronavirus shutdown killed oil prices. 

That could be a killer for local governments in large swaths of Kansas, places long addicted to the tax money that’s been lost as companies stop pumping crude from the ground.

In some parts of Kansas, counties depend on revenue tied to oil production to cover as much as a fourth of the local property taxes.

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