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Posted on: July 1, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce announces Community Service Tax Credits

The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded $4.13 million in Community Service Tax Credits to 21 nonprofit organizations around the state, officials announced today.


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.

“We’re excited to award tax credits to these deserving organizations,” said Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary Bill Thornton. “These tax credits are a great way to spur investment in community improvement projects across 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 of Commerce. 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 organizations receiving Community Service Tax Credits, and the amount of their credits, are as follows:

Rooks County Healthcare Foundation ($250,000)

The organization will use tax credits to fund construction of a new health clinic in Stockton. The health clinic will provide medical services to a large region of Northwest Kansas.

Sheridan County Health Complex ($132,295)

The funds will be used to purchase and install new computerized radiography and digital imaging equipment. Patient care will be improved as a result of funding.

Downs Enterprises, Inc. ($250,000)

The tax credits will facilitate the funding of a new medical clinic in Downs. The clinic will provide modern facilities for medical providers and increase area access to healthcare.

Blair Center for the Arts ($240,380)

The organization will expand the seating in the Blair Theatre in Belleville. The theater services residents not only in Belleville but in many surrounding communities.

Rural Health Resources of Jackson Co., Inc., dba Holton Community Hospital ($99,120)

The hospital will use the tax credits to fund the purchase of a new Steris System One sterilizer. The upgrade is needed to continue providing surgical services in Jackson County.

Chase Senior Center ($90,230)

The current facility lacks sufficient capacity and suffers from electrical problems. This tax credit award will allow for renovations that have been delayed due to a lack of funds. The organization and facility provide opportunities for social and entertainment functions for seniors.

Pleasant View Home, Inc. ($126,000)

The facility will replace its windows as a result of funding. Existing windows are inefficient, difficult to open and constitute a hazard for the residents of the retirement home.

West Central Kansas Association, Inc. ($157,500)

The association will use tax credits to fund improvements to their facility the services offered by Russell Regional Hospital. These improvements will include a renovated helipad for medical purposes and improved parking access for the hospital.

Community Memorial Healthcare, Inc. ($250,000)

This group will use tax credits for their capital campaign to fund the construction of a new hospital facility in Marysville. The new facility will improve patient care, as the condition of the current facility limits the scope of services offered.

POWER Community Development Corporation ($250,000)

This corporation will use tax credits to facilitate the restoration of the Dunbar theater in Wichita. The theater is an important historic fixture of the African-American community in Wichita and will serve as a centerpiece in efforts to revitalize the region.

Great Plains of Cheyenne County, Inc., dba Cheyenne County Hospital ($210,000)

The organization will use funds to replace their aging Single-Slice CT Scanner with a new 16-Slice CT Scanner.

Kiowa District Hospital ($100,000)

The group will use tax credits to purchase equipment for their new emergency room. The pieces to be purchased include an Endo camera system, beds with scales, an exam table, a defibrillator unit and a portable anesthesia monitor.

Norton County Hospital ($250,000)

The hospital will use tax credits to purchase and install a digital mammography unit. This project will improve access to quality mammography services for women living in Norton County.

Lakemary Center Endowment ($250,000)

The endowment will use tax credits to fund the construction of a new educational facility for developmentally disabled children in Paola.

Anderson County Hospital Foundation ($175,000)

The foundation will use tax credits to purchase and install a new digital mammography unit in Anderson County. This equipment will improve access to quality mammography services for women living in the region.

St. Luke Hospital Foundation ($250,000)

The foundation will use the tax credits to fund an expansion of their physical therapy facilities and associated services. This expansion will allow the hospital to provide physical therapy services to a greater number of patients.

St. Joseph’s Memorial Hospital dba Pawnee Valley Community Hospital ($250,000)

The hospital will use tax credits to fund the purchase of a 16 Slice CT scanner to replace their current 4-Slice CT Scanner. Patient care efficiency and quality will improve as a result of this award.

Salina Community Theatre Association ($237,968)

The association will use the tax credits to fund the expansion of their theater in Salina. Once complete, the expansion will allow for greater attendance and improved services at the theater. The theater is an important feature of the arts community in Kansas.

Children’s Campus of Kansas City, Inc. ($125,000)

The organization will use the funds to complete Phase III of their Children’s Campus project in Kansas City. The campus will provide educational and health services to at-risk children in Wyandotte County.

Kingman Retirement Home Association ($245,000)

The organization will use the tax credits to fund the renovation of their retirement home as they shift to a newer model of care. These renovations will improve the quality of life for the residents of the facility.

Scott County Rest Home, Inc., dba Park Lane Nursing Home ($175,000)

The organization will use tax credits to fund the installation of a kitchen in their rest home. The kitchen is part of a larger organizational goal of improving the culture of care offered at the facility.

For more information, contact Joe Monaco, Public Information Officer with the Kansas Department of Commerce, at (785) 296-3760 or jmonaco@kansascommerce.com.

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