Archive for Thursday, March 18, 2004

New businesses infuse city sales tax

March 18, 2004

An influx of new restaurants has infused the city of Basehor with an increase in money received from sales tax.

According to the latest figures released by the Kansas Department of Revenue, sales tax receipts have increased in Basehor an impressive 53 percent this fiscal year (July to February) compared with fiscal year 2003.

The monthly totals for February of this year against last February are even more staggering -- sales tax in Basehor is up 140 percent this year against last year.

Basehor Chamber of Commerce president Debbie Breuer credits the openings of several new restaurants and their increased business flow for the sales tax upswing.

Those restaurants include both restaurants inside the Falcon Lakes Clubhouse in north Basehor, Simple Simon's Pizza and What's New Coffee Shop in the Basehor Town Square and Harbor Hop, located south of U.S. Highway 24/40.

Also, new businesses such as Shorty's Liquor Store and Classy Cuts Too, both located inside the Town Square, have contributed to the boost in sales tax, Breuer said.

"I think a combination of all the merchants have been a driving force Sales tax numbers in Basehor typically pale in comparison to those of other nearby cities and even with the increase, that's still the case. For the fiscal year, the city has earned just $97,687 in sales tax; by contrast Tonganoxie has earned $234,925 and Bonner Springs more than $1.2 million.

However, with the number of new commercial developments on the city's radar, it's not unlikely that Basehor could make up some ground on neighboring cities.

"I feel this is only the beginning," Breuer said. "With all of the new commercial lots that are coming available late this spring and early summer, Basehor will be experiencing a definite change in sales tax."

At the forefront of recruiting and attracting new businesses to Basehor will be the city, Leavenworth Area Development and the Chamber of Commerce, Breuer said.

A Chamber of Commerce economic development committee will meet later this month, on March 30 at Basehor City Hall, to discuss development with local builders and what their future plans are, Breuer said.

"The chamber, the city of Basehor and LAD all continue to work hard to attract the right combination of industry and retail commercial growth," she said. "We have a lead working right now that could be very big for Basehor."

Basehor city officials met Monday night in an executive session to discuss the economic development proposal. Because the meeting took place during executive session to discuss matters of attorney client privilege, details of the proposal were not made public.

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