UG Commission Asks KCK Residents to Renew Public Safety and Neighborhood Infrastructure Sales Tax
The Unified Government Board of Commissioners is asking residents to renew the 10-year Public Safety and Neighborhood Infrastructure Sales Tax when they vote in the August 7 2018 Primary Election.
KCK voters approved the 3/8-cent Public Safety and Neighborhood Infrastructure Sales Tax in April 2010 with 70% of the vote. The tax will expire in July 2020 unless voters decide to continue it.
Voting to renew the tax will continue critical funding for public safety and neighborhood projects without requiring a tax increase. The 2018 Community Survey shows citizens place a high priority on public safety and infrastructure improvements.
In 2018, the Public Safety and Neighborhood Infrastructure Sales Tax will generate $10-million, with 35% spent on the KCK Fire Department, 35% spent on the KCK Police Department and 30% spent on neighborhood improvement projects. Over its 10-year life, the sales tax will have raised $80-million for critical public safety operations and neighborhood infrastructure projects. In addition to purchasing new fire trucks, police cars, and other public safety equipment, the sales tax pays for 25 firefighters and 25 police officers. Neighborhood improvement projects include streets, curbs, sidewalks, and parks.
The 3/8-cent sales tax is paid on all retail sales in KCK. A significant portion of those sales are made in the Village West area, which means millions of tourists and shoppers from Johnson County, Lawrence, Topeka, Wichita, Missouri and other states are helping support KCK Police, Fire and Public Works.
While the 3/8-cent tax generates millions of dollars, it adds a few cents to everyday purchases. For example, the tax on a $15 pizza amounts to 6-cents; it adds 38-cents to a $100 grocery bill; and 8-cents to the cost of a $20 shirt.
The Unified Government Commission reviews and votes on how the money will be spent as part of the annual budget process. However, all of the sales tax revenue must be spent on public safety and neighborhood improvement projects.
A yes vote means this critical funding, generating $10-million a year, will continue to support Public Safety operations and Neighborhood Infrastructure projects without a tax increase.
A no vote means the $10-million a year will disappear and budgets for Public Safety, Neighborhood improvement projects and other services the Unified Government provides will face drastic cuts. A property tax increase would be the only way to make-up the loss of the sales tax revenue.
For more information about the KCK Public Safety and Neighborhood Infrastructure Sales Tax go to the Unified Government website at www.wycokck.org.