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Policy response to COVID-19 has been swift and the advocacy arm of your REALTOR® Association has been busy representing your interests at all levels of government.
Here is a brief overview of polices benefiting our membership:
- RSCK was successful in its efforts to lobby the Sedgwick County Commission to include Real Estate Services as essential during the original county-imposed stay at home order in late March. This meant REALTORS®, as well as all of the additional service providers necessary to complete a transaction, were authorized to continue business operations.
- KAR was successful in its efforts to lobby the Governor to include Real Estate Services as essential in her Executive Order that superseded local authority across the state also in late March.
- Recently, KAR was a part of a consortium that pushed a property tax relief, and reform, bill through both houses of the Kansas legislature. If signed by Governor Kelly, among others, this bill will do the following:
- Delays interest and penalties for the May 10 property tax payment until August 11; and
- Repeals the current property tax lid in favor of a truth in taxation concept (if a local government wants to increase revenue they receive from property taxes, they would need to provide notice, hold a hearing and make a specific vote to accept any new revenue).
- NAR was absolutely essential in securing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Programs provisions of the CARES Act for REALTORS®.
- The PPP loans are intended to cover expenses for a business during any 8-week period between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. They can be used for payroll costs, rents, mortgage interest, and utilities. Those eligible include sole proprietors and independent contractors.
- The PUA program is a temporary program that provides assistance to individuals, including self-employed and independent contractors, who are fully or partially unemployed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, beginning January 27, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
If you have benefited in any way from one, many, or all of these measures, please thank your fellow REALTORS® who invest in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC). Undoubtedly, RPAC has been the mechanism to enable across-the-board REALTOR success in attaining these benefits. RPAC gives our industry political credibility and provides access to lawmakers. Without it, these legislative wins during time of crisis absolutely would not have been possible.
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COVID-19 RSCK Building Re-opening guidelines for Members and Guests
- The main lobby doors will be unlocked during normal business hours. The conference center doors will remain locked to control points of entry.
- You are not permitted to enter the RSCK office building if you have any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or have been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed illness with COVID-19 within the last 30 days.
- You are not permitted to enter the RSCK office building if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are experiencing COVID 19 symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Upon entering the building all building guests will proceed to the front desk to complete a required health certification and a contactless temperature check. If a certification is not completed, or the temperature guidelines are not met, you will be asked to leave the building.
- Space demarcations will be posted in the lobby and other common areas to note social distancing requirements.
- All building guests are recommended to wear masks. Masks will be available at the front desk for a nominal fee. Staff will wear masks upon request if they are not already wearing a mask due to their own preference.
- Gloves may also be worn, but not required. Gloves are also available at the front desk. Staff may wear gloves as a preference, but all staff are hand washing and sanitizing multiple times throughout the day, including before and after each guest interaction.
- The member workstation will be closed to all building guests until further notice.
- In-person meetings will be held as deemed necessary. Meeting attendance will be limited due to the social distancing guidelines. Please contact the office to make accommodations for individuals who may be at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- RSCK staff will continue to offer foyer or curbside pickup for store items, lockboxes, etc. if you prefer to not enter the building.
If you have any questions, please contact our office. We will continue to stay focused on keeping our membership and community healthy while providing exceptional service.