Council supports renewal of sales tax
The Bonner Springs City Council Monday decided it would like to try to renew a quarter-cent sales tax next year — possibly pending renewal of the safety services sales tax in November.
In a workshop prior to its regular meeting, the council agreed that once the Aquatics Center sales tax raised the maximum amount it was set to raise, projected as some time in the fall of 2013, it would be nice to have the sales tax continue for other uses, most likely street improvements. John Helin, city manager, had suggested the possibility at a previous workshop.
“I think we’re in a position where the patrons are used to it, the customers are, and we ought to just go ahead and keep it, see if it can pass,” Council member Tom Stephens said.
The council agreed it might be best to put it on the city’s April 2013 election ballot, since the city already plans to ask voters to renew the safety services quarter-cent sales tax in November. It is important that that tax is renewed to help the city continue debt payments on the newly refurbished EMS/Fire Station.
Helin said he didn’t think it would be a good idea to put both taxes on the same ballot, and he suggested that the council not make any final decisions on the Aquatic Center tax until after November. If voters do not renew the safety sales tax in November, the council will decide if it will be a good idea to try for renewal of both sales taxes on the April ballot.