Archive for Thursday, March 10, 2005

Chamber endorses 1-cent sales tax

Voters to decide on tax April 5

March 10, 2005

Citing its importance to Leavenworth County in general and the city of Basehor in particular, officials from the Basehor Chamber of Commerce determined last week that the organization would support efforts to renew a countywide one-cent sales tax.

During a meeting Wednesday, March 2, Chamber officials agreed to a resolution supporting a continuation of the one-cent sales tax, which voters will be asked to renew during the April 5 general election. According to Leavenworth County estimates, the one-cent sales tax will generate $180,000 for the city of Basehor and more than $2 million for Leavenworth County in 2007.

Money generated from the tax will be used for capitol improvements, infrastructure, facilities, equipment purchases and debt reduction.

Leavenworth County officials, as well as representatives from each city in the county, have already designated what projects the sales tax money would be used to fund.

Among the reasons for supporting renewal of the one-cent sales tax, according to the Chamber of Commerce resolution, are:

  • Rejecting such an opportunity to extend the tax for proposed development projects would have a short and long term negative impact on the county, its municipalities and ultimately the state of Kansas.
  • Without the additional funding provided by the tax, the county and local cities will be required to re-prioritize their position on pressing development issues, which could lead to hindering or slowing development for the communities and possible weaken the county's proactive approach to economic growth.
  • Extending the sales tax would improve and broaden the tax base of local governments.

Should it be approved, the one-cent sales tax would expire in December 2016.

It was approved by voters in 1996 and money garnered was used to pay for the Leavenworth County Justice Center as well as fund projects for area cities.

In recent weeks, local officials and residents have spoken to several civic organizations regarding the sales tax.

In Basehor, the information campaign was to continue during a town hall meeting Wednesday night at Basehor City Hall.

Results of that meeting were not available as of press time. A full story will appear in next week's edition of The Sentinel.

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