Riley County Plans To Ask Question About November Sales Tax Poll | New

Riley County Commission John Ford said Monday the county would put a sales tax proposal on the November ballot to pay for road and bridge improvements.

plans to ask voters in November if they want a road and bridge sales tax measure to replace the combined county-city sales tax measure that expires in 2022.

“It will be on the horizon and should be on the November ballot,” Ford said at a monthly intergovernmental lunch. “It would be something that we really, really have to be able to do to move forward.”

Formally, the commission should approve its stake on the ballot, which it has not yet done.

It’s unclear what the tax rate would be, but Ford said after the meeting the county was considering something in the range of 0.2% to 0.3%, but it could go as high as 0.5. %.

The county is waiting for the county’s public works department to make its presentation on the increase, Ford told the Mercury on Monday afternoon. The measure could last five years, starting in 2023.

The county has until Sept. 1 to put the question on the ballot, Ford said.

The sales tax in Manhattan is currently 8.95%, of which 0.5% is dedicated to a tax shared by the governments of the City and County of Riley. This will expire in 2022.

Manhattan voters approved a city-wide 0.5% sales tax measure in November to replace the existing one. The city government will keep all revenues for public infrastructure, debt reduction and economic development.

In April, the county commission began discussing what to do in response.

Any additional tax levied by the county would cause the Manhattan sales tax rate to increase.

Also during the meeting, Riley County Councilor Clancy Holeman urged community leaders to speak to Kansas lawmakers about the ‘dark store theory’ as it continues to negatively impact local government. . He said the property valuation approach is unconstitutional.

“We have to stop this, and the best way to do it is through legislative change,” Holeman said Monday.

Holeman provided an update on the Dark Store Theory debate, which argues that big box stores should be valued as vacant, meaning they are valued based on their hypothetical future rental value. In March, the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals ruled in favor of the local Home Depot on a 2018 valuation of the store.

“I would just like to encourage all of you to use the tools you have, which are your relationships with lawmakers, your relationships with other members of local government,” Holeman said at Monday’s meeting. “We need to involve as many people as possible in this project. “

Additionally, George Kandt, Manager of Business Retention and Expansion of Economic Development at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, gave a presentation on the Greater Manhattan Business Conditions Report. Chamber staff members collected data from 54 companies. Kandt said the report’s findings included 86 percent of the companies surveyed that had launched new products in the past five years. More than half (56%) of companies surveyed said they plan to expand their business, according to the report.

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