Attention WyCo residents: Ask for a transit sales tax!

Tonight, the commissioners and mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, will discuss sales tax options that may be placed on the ballot to address budget shortages. KCK does not have dedicated transit funding like KCMO, and will be experiencing service cuts this year while simultaneously asking for federal capital funding for the State Avenue BRT line.

This is your chance to ask the mayor and commissioners to consider a 1/8- or 1/4-cent sales tax to be dedicated to bus services, eliminating entirely the annual line item that comes from the general fund (which is subject to the whims of the mayor/commission). This sales tax could be used to cover and expand existing routes, as well as the operation of BRT.

Sales Tax Hearing
5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6
KCK City Hall
701 N. 7th Street

City Hall is accessible from routes 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, and 115. See Google Transit for a trip plan.

A public meeting to discuss this year’s recommended service cuts is also this evening:

4-6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6
Indian Springs Shopping Center, Community Room
4601 State Ave.


2 Comments so far

  1. northlander August 8th, 2009 5:10 pm

    Just how much money in property taxes comes in from Billboards and Cell phone Towers? Does anyone know in WyCo ? If the answer is nothing maybe you don’t need and tax and have them pay up.

  2. Dave August 10th, 2009 2:07 pm

    taxes work best when they pay for the service provided. transit ranked high on recent resident surveys, the area is under-served, and a sales tax discussion is taking place within WyCo government. this would alleviate the general fund expenditure WyCo already has in place, thus freeing up that money for other uses.