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Proposed Sales Tax Information

9/24/2014
Contact: LaShonda Garnes |
City of Wichita officials have produced informational handouts and will attend public meetings for requesting community groups related to the proposed sales tax that will appear on the ballot for the Nov.4 general election.
The handouts and meetings are designed to inform residents about the proposed one-cent sales tax as well as projects the sales tax revenue would fund if voters approve the ballot question.
The one-cent sales tax would generate $397.6 million if collected over five years. If collections are better than expected, the tax will end early. The sales tax would fund a future water source, improved street maintenance, an expanded transit system, and job creation and retention efforts.
 
Community groups can request a meeting by contacting LaShonda Garnes at lgarnes@wichita.gov or 316-268-4594. The meetings are an extension of the ACT-ICT community engagement the City held over the past years to identify community priorities. The four sales tax issues were among the community priorities identified through the engagement meetings, social media town halls, surveys and other community feedback efforts.
 
More information can be found at www.wichita.gov/salestax. The materials include an updated handout featuring the four sales tax issues, background reports and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. Attached is a copy of the updated handout on the four sales tax issues.
 
The City also will soon add a companion video that will be available at the web site and on Cox Cable Chanel 7. The information materials will also be shared across the City’s social media sites including its primary Facebook and Twitter accounts.
 
This information is designed to inform residents in anticipation of the general election. Following are key dates for voters: Oct. 14, last day to register to vote; Oct. 22, advance in-person voting begins; Nov. 4, Election Day.
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