Kansas tax revenues could get a boost with the sale of remote-control vibrating thongs and other sex toys.
Thousands of adult novelty items, from lingerie to handcuffs, are for sale in an online auction as a result of a failure of a chain of erotic stores to pay state sales, income and withholding taxes.
The items — all new and in the original packaging — will be available for inspection Monday at a warehouse in Kansas City’s West Bottoms.
The merchandise was seized in July by the Kansas Department of Revenue from five adult stores in Kansas City, Kan., Topeka, Wichita and Junction City. The owner, United Outlets LLC, doing business as Bang, owes the state $163,986.
Kansas Senate Democratic leader Anthony Hensley pounced on the news of the auction Wednesday, accusing Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of selling pornography to balance the state budget.
“Brownback is so desperate to fill the massive hole in the state budget caused by his reckless income tax cuts that the state of Kansas is now in the porn business,” Hensley said in a press release.
Jeannine Koranda, spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue, noted that the state is not selling the adult items.
“The property was released back to the owner, who then contracted with the auction company to sell the items, and then that money will be used to pay the taxes,” Koranda said.
Other than the adult nature of this business, she said, there is nothing unusual about this action.
Brownback’s office issued a response to Hensley.
“While we do not agree with the type of business involved here, it was nonetheless a legal business that was closed due to failure to pay taxes,” the statement said. It added that previous administrations have used the same process.
The owner of United Outlets LLC, Larry H. Minkoff, could not be reached for comment. The state said the business was closed.
The inventory is being offered at Equip-Bid.com. Lots include a “fanstasy love swing” in black and a 16-foot “Japanese silk love rope” in purple.
The items will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at 1501 W. 12th St. Online bidding ends Tuesday evening.