Find the latest reports, videos and other information here regarding a proposed citywide sales tax for key priorities: jobs, water, streets and public transportation.
On August 5, the Wichita City Council approved a one-cent, citywide sales tax question to be placed on the ballot of the General Election in November.
If approved by voters, the one-cent sales tax would generate $397.6 million over five years for four community priorities - job creation and retention efforts, a future water source, improved street maintenance and an expanded transit system. The four community priorities were identified by residents during nearly two years of community engagement efforts in the form of public meetings, neighborhood and stakeholder presentations, social media town halls and other community feedback opportunities.
The Council’s vote followed public comments supporting and opposing the sales tax from residents, local groups and other stakeholders.
This site was created to provide documents, news releases, videos and other materials related to the sales tax and community priorities.
May 6 – City Council Strategic Planning WorkshopTopic: Economic Development, Quality of Life Facilities, Public Transportation, and Homelessness white papers
May 13 - City Council Strategic Planning WorkshopTopic: Passenger Rail, Affordable Housing, Pavement Preservation, and Water Supply Planning white papers.
May 20 - City Council Strategic Planning WorkshopTopic: Summary and discussion of eight topics presented on May 6 and May 13.
May 27 – City Council Special MeetingTopic: Discussion related to narrowing topics, use of funds from current County-wide sales tax, and clarification on economic development, water supply, and transit issues.
July 22 - City Council Strategic Planning WorkshopTopic: Summary of community meetings and additional information about water supply, jobs initiative, pavement maintenance, and public transit.
August 5 - City Council MeetingTopic: Public comment and approval of ballot language.
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