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Sales tax numbers climbing

September 18, 2003

Basehor is showing a marked increase in local sales tax from last year.

According to the Kansas Department of Revenue, the city sales tax revenue is up 15 percent for the first two months of fiscal year 2004 (July 2003 to July 2004) with $17,395.98, compared against $15,124.82 for July 2002 and August 2002, which were the first months of the 2003 fiscal year.

"We actually have some businesses now," Basehor city clerk Mary Ann Mogle said. "We have some new restaurants that naturally bring in new revenue. In previous years, we had a fire at the shopping center and virtually no businesses. The first and second quarter is just showing the trend Basehor is going into."

In recent months, several restaurants opened in the city including Simple Simons Pizza, located inside the Basehor Town Square, Doc and Bruties, in downtown Basehor on 155th Street, The Brassie Bar and Grill, located inside the Falcon Lakes development on Kansas Highway 7 and Sonic, also located at the Basehor Town Square. Sales at the restaurants are seen as key contributors in the city's surge in sales tax, city officials said.

The swell in the city's sales tax numbers isn't expected to decrease soon as more commercial development is planned in all corners of the city.

Most commercial development is being planned along Basehor's section of U.S. Highway 24/40, approximately 3.5 miles, but there is also some taking place north of the city, near the Falcon Lakes development.

Approximately 80 acres of ground owned by Shawnee developers Ben and Tom Zarda is slated for commercial development. The city is in the process of annexing the ground.

Bonner Springs joins Basehor as a municipality receiving more sales tax revenue. Bonner is up 44.3 percent in city sales tax received for the month of August, with $154,198.44 in 2003, compared to $106,831.89 in August 2002.

"The money we get in August is actually sales that happen two months before," Bonner Springs finance director Tillie LaPlante said.

Most of the growth comes from new businesses, she said.

"The numbers speak for themselves," LaPlante said. "Our retail business is making more money than it was last year."

That seems to be the case overall for Bonner Springs, as the state's report also shows a 31.3 percent increase for fiscal year 2004, which includes July 2003 and August 2003, at $300,788.54, compared to $229,129.34 in July 2002 and August 2002.

"In general terms, our retail business is up and sales are up,"LaPlante said. "Every month's has been."

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