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Posted on: October 18, 2012

Kansas Department of Commerce announces 2012 Community Service Tax Credit recipients

The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded $4.13 million in Community Service Tax Credits to 27 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. “The Community Service Tax Credit 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 recipients follows:

Attica Hospital District #1 dba Attica Long Term Care (Attica) ($130,000)
Attica Hospital District No. 1 will construct new independent living units in response to growing demand and lack of services.

Rawlins County Hospital Foundation (Atwood) ($215,000)
The hospital will construct and outfit an outpatient procedure room. This is a vital phase of Rawlins County Hospital’s overall service and facility improvement strategy.

Republic County Hospital (Belleville) ($130,000)
Republic County Hospital will upgrade to a digital mammography unit.

Marshall County Fair Association (Blue Rapids) ($140,000)
Marshall County Fair will demolish several dilapidated fair buildings and construct new fair buildings. The buildings will serve large numbers of 4-H youth and area residents.

Buhler Sunshine Home, dba Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community (Buhler) ($210,000)
Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community will perform extensive renovations in order to adopt a new care methodology.

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation (Coffeyville) ($40,000)
Coffeyville will start a capital campaign to install necessary and beneficial monitoring equipment for OB/GYN.

Citizens Medical Center, Inc. (Colby) ($200,000)
CMC will expand its facility to accommodate increasing service demand and the addition of several new health service providers.

Symphony in the Flint Hills Inc. (Cottonwood Falls) ($210,000)
Symphony in the Flint Hills will renovate a downtown Cottonwood Falls building to house their administrative offices and equipment for its annual concert, which will strengthen the region’s draw as a tourism hub.

Camp Wood YMCA (Elmdale) ($220,000)
Camp Wood has an urgent need for a water supply because of the future loss of its municipal supply. This project will install a dedicated supply for the camp.

Kansas Health Learning Center (Halstead) ($200,000)
The Kansas Health Learning Center will significantly expand capacity by completing the bottom level of its facility. This will result in expanded programming for health education in Kansas.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County (Hays) ($165,000)
Big Brothers Big Sisters will install statewide network upgrades that will improve communications and improve service delivery to children across Kansas.

Clara Barton Hospital Association (Hoisington) ($140,000)
Clara Barton Hospital will expand their facility with a new physical therapy space. The current space is limited in scope and must be expanded to meet growing demand for services.

Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center (Hutchinson) ($100,000)
The Cosmosphere is initiating a capital campaign to address pressing facility needs, including necessary renovations to the building and necessary upgrades to the IMAX theater.

Allen County Community Foundation (Iola) ($190,000)
Allen County Healthcare will purchase equipment for a new ER in its hospital.

Rush County Nursing Home Society Inc. (LaCrosse) ($200,000)
The Rush County Nursing Home plans to build 14 assisted living facility units in Rush County. There are currently no such units in Rush County despite a growing need.

Theatre Lawrence, Inc. (Lawrence) ($40,000)
Theatre Lawrence Inc. will conduct a capital campaign to complete the construction and outfitting of a new theater in West Lawrence.

Camp Wa-Ja-To Corp. (Lyons) ($200,000)
Camp Wa-Jo-To will construct a storm shelter. This heavily used camp does not currently have an adequate storm shelter.

Norton Theatre Association (Norton) ($190,000)
The theatre will complete several improvements to the heavily used non-profit facility, including upgrading the equipment for digital formats as production of prints is expected to cease.

KidsTLC Inc. (Olathe) ($200,000)
This organization plans to construct facilities to address the increasing demand for autism services in the region. Schools are struggling to handle the increased demand.

Majestic Community Theater Foundation, Inc. (Phillipsburg) ($155,000)
The Majestic Theatre will undergo the final stages of its interior renovation that will complete the community-wide effort to restore this downtown fixture.

Gove County Healthcare Endowment Foundation Inc. (Quinter) ($140,000)
Gove County Healthcare plans to purchase land and construct an airport, as the current grass runway significantly limits the number of service providers that are able use the hospital. The new runway will benefit trauma patients in the region.

Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center (Scott City) ($160,000)
WKCAC will purchase and outfit a new mobile response unit to address increased demand for services. This organization has been successful in implementing a mobile model for child abuse response.

Kansas Children’s Discovery Center (Topeka) ($40,000)
The center plans to expand with a new outdoor learning environment as crowds have stretched the capacity of the current indoor facility.

Youth Horizons (Valley Center) ($120,000)
Youth Horizons will construct a rural boys’ ranch that will work to assist at-risk youth in south central Kansas.

Washington County Hospital (Washington) ($190,000)
Washington County Hospital will renovate its medical clinic to improve facilities and services for area residents.

Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County Kansas Inc. (Wichita) ($55,000)
CACSC will add new facilities to meet the increased demand for services.

Kansas Public Telecommunications Service Inc. (Wichita) ($150,000)
KPTS needs a new broadcast tower because of the recent transition to digital. Large portions of the station’s viewing area are now unable to receive the signal.

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