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Posted on: July 11, 2011

Kansas Department of Commerce announces 2011 Community Service Tax Credit recipients

The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded $4.13 million in Community Service Tax Credits to 22 nonprofit organizations around the state.

These future Kansas income tax credits are a major fundraising tool for community organizations engaged in services for children and families, health care or crime prevention. Businesses and individuals who contribute to the awarded organizations are eligible for a 70 percent tax credit in rural areas or a 50 percent tax credit in urban areas.

“I want to congratulate these very deserving organizations and the work they do to make our state a better place to live,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “This program helps attract investment in community improvement projects throughout the state.”

The Community Service Tax Credit Program is a way for charitable organizations and public health care entities to improve their ability to undertake major capital fund-raising drives for projects involving children and family services, non-governmental crime prevention and health care. Each year, non-profit community service organizations submit proposals to the Department. If the organization is awarded tax credits, it is then authorized to offer tax credits to donors making contributions to the approved fund-raising project.

Tax credits totaling $4.13 million are allocated to these groups annually at a rate of 70 percent in rural areas and 50 percent in non-rural areas. For example, qualified donors who give $1,000 to an approved project in a non-rural area would receive a 50 percent (or $500) tax credit against their Kansas income tax liability. In addition, the donors would receive federal tax benefits if they itemize, which would again decrease their tax liability.

The list of Community Service Tax Credit recipients follows:

Hospital District No. 1 of Rice County (Lyons) ($116,300)
Tax credits to be used to purchase and install a medical lab in the hospital. The lab will result in reduced waiting periods for patients, improved services and reduced operating costs.

Lawrence Public Library Foundation ($221,226)
Tax credits to be used as part of the complete renovation of the library facility. The library is unable to provide the level of services demanded by a city the size of Lawrence from its current facility.

Labette Community College Foundation (Parsons) ($200,000)
Tax credits to be used as part of the construction of a medical sciences building on campus. The building will be used to offer an expanded nursing program that will contribute to the growth of southeast Kansas.

Donnelly College (Kansas City) ($200,000)
Tax credits to be used to repurpose an old hospital building to serve as a community center on campus. The community center will serve as meeting space for many non-profits in Kansas City, Kan.

South Central Mental Health Counseling Center Inc. (El Dorado) ($140,000)
Recently purchased an empty grocery store building and will use the credits to renovate the space and offer expanded services to developmentally disabled clients in the region.

Scott Community Foundation (Scott City) ($179,000)
Following the loss of a Scott City family in a plane crash near Topeka, regional leaders plan to construct and operate a flight training center. The training center will facilitate valuable training to regional pilots and aspiring pilots.

Ottawa Community Partners Inc. (Ottawa) ($200,000)
Tax credits to be used to complete the construction of a YMCA near the campus of Ottawa University. The Franklin County region suffers from widespread health issues that may best be addressed through the YMCA.

Community Living Opportunities (Baldwin City) ($221,226)
This organization recently opened its “Midnight Farm” near Baldwin City through which it will provide services to developmentally disabled persons in a rural setting. This award will help the organization to finish the second phase of the project.

Kiowa Council on Aging (Greensburg) ($195,100)
Tax credits to be used to build a new senior center in Greensburg, which currently has no adequate senior center.

Sheltered Living Inc. (Topeka) ($200,000)
Tax credits to be used to renovate a recently purchased building for the purpose of serving developmentally disabled clients in the Shawnee County region. Currently, Sheltered Living operates from two inadequate buildings bisected by a street as they attempt to address increased demand for services.

Ellinwood District Hospital dba Great Plains of Ellinwood Inc. (Ellinwood) ($192,500)
Tax credits to be used to construct a new rural health clinic for the underserved populations of central rural Kansas. The current clinic is unable to meet demand for services.

Growing the Vision: A Foundation for the Future of Greeley County ($111,884)
Greeley and Wallace counties collaborated through a community foundation to develop a plan to save their respective theaters in the face of film distribution problems. The theaters are central to the community and provide a vital service for communities attempting to provide safe entertainment options for regional youth.

Kansas 4-H Foundation Inc. (Manhattan) ($221,226)
Tax credits to be used to restore the camp pool and surrounding structures at the Rock Springs 4-H Camp outside of Manhattan. The camp serves thousands of young Kansans on an annual basis.

Wamego Community Foundation (Wamego) ($190,000)
Regional businesses, the high school, and the community foundation have collaborated to construct a community technology center. The center will address access issues in this rural community while providing technology education to area residents.

Northwest Kansas Area Medical Foundation (Goodland) ($246,226)
Will use the tax credits to purchase and install a dialysis unit in Goodland. With the recent closure of the nearest dialysis unit in Burlington, Colo., there is no longer a viable dialysis option within 2.5 hours of Goodland. This lack of service would mean the possible loss of 10 families in Goodland alone.

Catholic Charities Inc. (Wichita) ($175,000)
Tax credits to be used as part of the construction of a new central services center in Wichita. Catholic Charities provides a variety of community services to south central Kansas.

Presbyterian Manors Inc. dba Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor (Arkansas City) ($200,000)
Tax credits to be used to expand the facility and services by adding a dedicated memory support center. The project will help the organization accommodate an expected increase in Alzheimer’s patients.

Dodge City Community College Foundation ($224,375)
Tax credits to be used to significantly expand an advanced welding program. The program is designed to respond to the growing demand of regional employers.

Harper Hospital District No. 5 (Harper) ($100,937)
Tax credits to be used to replace rapidly deteriorating boilers and upgrade the inadequate restroom facilities throughout the hospital.

Bucklin Public Library Foundation Inc. (Bucklin) ($225,000)
Tax credits to be used to construct a new public library. The current library is heavily used and must expand to meet the demand for services in the community.

Quivira Council, Boy Scouts of America (Wichita) ($180,000)
Tax credits to be used to relocate and construct a new central services facility. The project will help facilitate more services to a greater number of scouts.

Harper Hospital District No. 6 (Anthony) ($190,000)
Tax credits to be used to replace the single-slice CT scanner with a modern 16-slice CT scanner.

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