Archive for Thursday, July 15, 2004

Basehor weighs countywide tax

July 15, 2004

Members of the Basehor City Council will be spending the next few weeks deciding just how they want to spend revenues generated from a renewal of the countywide one-cent sales tax and sell the proposal to the public.

During Monday night's Basehor City Council meeting, Lansing Mayor Kenneth Bernard requested that the Basehor Council support extending the tax, which is set to expire in 2006 but will reappear on the April 2005 ballot.

The sales tax was passed in 1996 and was established to allow cities to receive half of the funds while the other half was diverted to funding the justice center. Bernard said the new proposal, which would be in place for 10 years if approved by voters, will benefit the cities even more.

"The city will get all of the money," he said.

If all city governing bodies within the county support the matter, Bernard said, all of the revenues generated in Leavenworth County from the tax will be pooled and divided up. Bernard said the formula used for dividing up the revenues will funnel 4.9 percent of everything generated from the one-cent tax right to Basehor.

"I am asking for you to support it and asking you to come up with a resolution saying what you will spend it for," Bernard said.

Members of the Council, which did not include absent Council member Iris Dysart, appeared to favor the tax proposal, and the Council later approved supporting it in a 4-0 vote.

No official resolution has been drafted, however, because the Council will convene during a July 26 work session to discuss the projects and priorities for spending the money before drafting any documentation, City Clerk Mary Ann Mogle said.

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