Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2004

One-cent sales tax headed to ballot

July 29, 2004

Leavenworth County voters in November will decide the fate of a one-cent sales tax that would directly benefit each city within the county proportionally.

Members of the Basehor City Council during Monday night's work session decided to endorse the tax and earmark the potential funds to directed towards construction of city streets, sidewalks and storm sewers.

Mayor Joseph Scherer, who attended a meeting on the tax with all of the mayors in Leavenworth but two, said that the city could receive $120,000 a year from the tax.

As it stands now, a one-cent sales tax is in place, but funds have been directed to projects at the county's justice center.

If voters approved the one-cent sales tax that will be on the ballot in November, it will replace the existing tax once it expires and run for 10 years.

"I believe the one-cent tax will be very positive for the city," Scherer said. "It won't raise taxes either, it will just replace the one-cent jail tax when it goes away."

Scherer said all cities in the county are behind the tax, a requisite factor for it going on the ballot, and the cities will submit plans for spending the tax dollars by early August.

At that point, Leavenworth County Commissioners will discuss the matter.

The project was spearheaded by Lansing Mayor Kenneth Bernard.

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