2020 Sales Tax Ballot Question
Be on the look out for an initiative on the ballot this November! The City of Roeland Park has approved placing a sales tax renewal question on the general election ballot. The revenue would go toward infrastructure projects around the city. Watch the Town Hall Meeting with a presentation from City Administrator Keith Moody on the sales tax.
During the November 3, 2020 General Election, the Roeland Park Sales Tax Ballot Question was approved by voters. Official results show that voters approved the ballot question with 59.86% approving and 40.15% disapproving.
The new sales tax will go into effect on April 1, 2021, and it will sunset on March 31, 2031. The Roeland Park Governing Body passed an ordinance during the November 16, 2020 City Council Meeting certifying the result as official. Ordinance 1004, certifying the approval of the sales tax, can be found here.
About the Ballot Question
The current one-quarter of one-percent (.25%) sales sunsets on March 31, 2023. The City of Roeland Park has placed a question on the November 2020 Ballot regarding this issue.
“Shall the City of Roeland Park, Kansas be authorized to terminate the current one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) special purpose City Retailers’ Sales Tax currently levied and to stop collection as of 12/31/2020, and to levy a new one-half of one percent (0.50%) special purpose City Retailers’ Sales Tax and to use the revenue from the new City Retailers’ Sales Tax for public infrastructure projects, including buildings with such tax to take effect on 1/1/21 and to end on 12/31/30; such tax shall be levied pursuant to K.S.A. 12-187, et seq.?”
This sales tax provides support for a variety of infrastructure improvements including improvements to buildings, sidewalks, streets, stormwater infrastructure, and parks.
Voting is an integral duty and it is no less important this year. The ballot initiative will appear this November during the General Election. Please be mindful of the following dates:
- October 13th: The last day to register for the General Election.
- October 14th: Advance ballots start to be mailed, and in-person advanced voting begins.
- October 27th: Deadline for voters to request advanced ballots to be mailed.
- November 2nd: Final day for in-person advanced voting.
- November 3rd: General Election.
Information about guidance, where to vote, and becoming an election worker can be found at voteks.org.
Applications for advanced ballots as well as information about sample ballots can be found at jocoelection.org.
Past and Future Projects
Previous projects funded through the Special Infrastructure Fund and planned projects if the ballot question is passed.