Sales Tax Election
In 2013, two public forums were held on the Sales Tax Election. These public forums were held at Roeland Park Community Center. Additionally, residents are encouraged to contact your elected officials with questions about this issue.
- December 4 Town Hall Meeting (PDF)
- Sales Tax Information - Handout (PDF)
- November 12 Town Hall Meeting Updated (PDF)
- Roeland Parker Special Edition (PDF)
- Q&A From November 12 and December 4 Town Hall Meeting Updated
On December 10, voters of Roeland Park will have the opportunity to decide on a proposed 0.35% sales tax increase. This proposed tax is to help replace the lost revenue from the upcoming departure of Wal-Mart. Sales tax is generated from consumers who live both inside and outside Roeland Park.
During the 2014 budget process the City Council received feedback through a citizen survey and two town hall events that residents wanted to see a balanced approach to the budget. From that feedback, the City Council proposed a combination of spending cuts, a property tax increase and a sales tax increase to solve the challenges that will arise when Wal-Mart indicated they will relocate in 2015.
Starting in 2014 new cuts of $132,250 in City services will include eliminating the purchase of one police vehicle, not filling the soon to be vacant Deputy Chief of Police position, and reducing the community events budget.
Proposed Use of Sales Tax Funds
The Governing Body at its November 4th Council meeting approved a non-binding Resolution (630) which sets out how the City intends to use the funds if approved by the voters. The priority of how the funds are proposed to be used, is as follows:
- Emergency needs for infrastructure (i.e. sinkholes, corrugated pipes)
- Restoration of service cuts
- Mill levy reduction
Emergency Needs for Infrastructure
The first use of sales tax dollars will be used to address unexpected infrastructure repair and replacement needs, such as: Corrugated Stormwater Pipe Repairs which are estimated to cost between $665,000-$960,000. It is estimated that after Wal-Mart's departure, the sales tax will collect approximately $288,000 a year for up to 5 years.
Resolutions adopted by the City Council are often used as way to express an opinion. Resolution 630 is not binding on current or future Councils; however, it does contain the intended uses for the sales tax funds as seen by the same City Council members who authorized the issue to be on the ballot.
Mail Ballot Language
The exact mail ballot language is as follows:
Shall the City of Roeland Park, Kansas, be authorized to levy a new 0.35% General Purpose City Retailers' Sales Tax within the City of Roeland Park, Kansas, and to use the revenue from the tax for general purposes, such tax to take effect on April 1, 2014; such tax to end March 31, 2019; and such tax to be in addition to the ongoing 1.25% City Retailers' Sales Tax currently levied?