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Basehor sales tax numbers climbing

July 24, 2003

Revenue derived from sales tax increased nearly 20 percent in Basehor from the previous year, according to the latest information provided by the Kansas Department of Revenue.

In the 2002 fiscal year, July 2001 to June 2002, Basehor received $77,439 from sales tax; in fiscal year 2003, the city saw an 18.7 percent increase, equaling $91,945 in revenue from sales tax.

Basehor Chamber of Commerce president Debbie Bonee said the increase can be attributed to the revitalization of the Basehor Town Square, formerly called the Basehor shopping center.

"The obvious factor is the completion of the Basehor Town Square after the 2001 fire rendered more than half of the space for lease unusable including the city's only grocery store," Bonee said. "The new businesses in there as well as other new businesses around town have certainly contributed to the growth in sales tax."

Another positive sign is that more residents may be spending their dollars at home, the chamber president said.

"I talk to a lot of people who are conscientious spenders and try to do business in Basehor whenever possible," she said. "One of the goals of the Chamber of Commerce is to promote our businesses and encourage citizens to support local business. When people spend their money in Basehor, everyone benefits."

The city's increase is the largest in Leavenworth County, according to figures. Figures for other area cities are:

  • Bonner Springs, 15.4 percent increase
  • Edwardsville, 12.4 percent decrease
  • Lansing, 3.8 percent increase
  • Leavenworth, 4.1 percent increase
  • Tonganoxie, 3 percent decrease

Overall, Leavenworth County was one of just 23 of the 105 Kansas counties to show an increase in sales tax receipts. Leavenworth County showed a 4.3 percent increase, $4,636,090 to $4,835,236, second overall to Wyandotte County, which increased 6.2 percent.

Leavenworth Area Development director Bill Schulte said the county's increase could stem from more consumer confidence as well as burgeoning development in the county's southern end.

"I would think most of it would come from people feeling a little bit better about the economy," Schulte said. "And there's been a lot of new businesses in Basehor, Tonganoxie and Lansing."

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