Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sales Tax Question - City Council Meeting 7/28/14

Based on what happened at the council committee meeting on 6/17/14 it appears that the city council will determine on 7/28/14 whether or not to put a sales tax increase on the November general election ballot. The increase would be for street maintenance.  Right now, the number being tossed around is 3/8ths of a cent.

Some additional information can be found at this KC Star Article

My opinion is that an amount of 1/8th or 2/8th of a cent can be used.  At the meeting I will voice my opinion as to how the city can get other funds for street maintenance.

If the item goes on the ballot the city is prohibited from advocating for or against the measure.  But, the city is permitted to "educate".  I am curious if during the education process the city will inform its citizens that if the 3/8th amount is approved, by the voters, that the sales tax will go to 9% at most locations.  But, at some locations it can go as high as 9-1/2% and even 10%.

There are some questions also, about why something wasn't done earlier, at a lower amount.  But, more on that in a future post, or at least at the council meeting.

Here is your opportunity as a citizen to get involved by showing up at the meeting on Monday 7/28 at 7:30PM.

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