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Basehor tax collections up

December 15, 2005

New businesses continue to drive sales tax dollars this year in Basehor.

"It all adds up," said Debbie Breuer, president of the Basehor Chamber of Commerce. "As we look around, there's not any one (business) to point a finger at, but a combination."

According to the Kansas Department of Revenue, Basehor's sales tax revenue increased significantly in November compared with figures from the same month a year ago. All told, the city received $21,331 in sales tax money last month; in November 2004 that figure was $14,596.

The increase is good for a 46 percent bump, one of the highest notched among all municipalities in the state.

Breuer said the increase in sales tax money is a by-product of the city's expanding commercial base.

"We're going to continue to grow," she said. "It's never going to go backward. ... I'm confident about that."

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia concurred with Breuer's opinion about the city's increasing sales tax figures.

"I don't see it going anywhere but up," he said.

Garcia said money collected from sales tax is deposited into the city's general fund. Ideally, money gained from sales tax would be earmarked for projects or improvements that benefit all city residents.

"That would be my wish," he said.

"Any sales tax revenue increase is good for the city. When budget time comes, I feel where it should go is (public projects or improvements)."

Though Basehor's sales tax figures are encouraging, it should be noted that figures for nearby cities such as Bonner Springs, Lansing and Tonganoxie -- where larger commercial bases are already established -- dwarf the city's numbers.

Department of revenue statistics indicate Tonganoxie and Lansing earned less in November of this year -- a 7.4 percent and 2.2 percent decrease, respectively -- than the same month last year, but both cities collected more than Basehor.

Tonganoxie notched $32,371, and Lansing received $58,979. Bonner Springs' total for November was $259,427.

As a whole, Leavenworth County's sales tax figures increased by 3.9 percent in November. The county earned approximately $455,887, up from $438,810 last November.

The totals quoted by the department of revenue represent money that was turned over by the state to the specific city or county for the timeframe noted.

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