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No; this is a renewal of an existing 3/4 of a cent sales tax which was approved by voters in 2002 and renewed in 2012 for another 10 years. Like all special sales taxes, it can only be approved for 10 years before needing to be renewed by voters. The tax will sunset (expire) again in July of 2022, so voters are being asked to renew the current sales tax to fund infrastructure projects for another 10 years.
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This is a special sales tax that can only be used for the purpose of maintaining or creating De Soto's infrastructure, which is anything from road, sewer, and water line replacements to sidewalk, bridge, street lighting, and traffic improvements.
Examples of previously funded projects:
The proposed sales tax must be spent on large infrastructure capital projects, which are included in the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
Upcoming Projects - Sales Tax Funded:
Shall the following be adopted?
Shall a retailers' sales tax in the amount of three quarters of one percent (.75%) be levied in the City of De Soto, Kansas (the "City"), for the purpose of financing capital improvement projects, including but not limited to, improving the City's streets and sidewalks, as well as the City's water, sewer, and drainage systems, and all things necessary and related to such improvements, with the collection of such sales tax to commence on October 1, 2022 (which will be after expiration of the previous three quarters of one percent (.75%) city-wide retailers' sales tax), and shall terminate ten years from the date of imposition, all pursuant to K.S.A. 12-187 et seq., and K.S.A. 12-195?
If approved, the Capital Projects sales tax would expire in 2032. This special purpose sales tax is an important part of the City’s long-term capital improvement program and plans. Sales taxes of this type (dedicated to a specific purpose) may be authorized for 10-year periods of time in accordance with State statutes.
The sales tax generates approximately $600,000 annually.
The current 3/4 of a cent sales tax, which was approved by voters in 2012, will expire in July of 2022.
The City of De Soto‘s current sales tax rate is 9.750%, allocated as follows:
Nothing; renewing this sales tax will not increase the sales tax rate in De Soto. Since voters approved the sales tax in 2002, De Soto shoppers have paid a 3/4 of a cent sales tax to fund capital improvements. Renewing this sales tax simply protects the revenue and funding source used for key infrastructure projects in our community.
For every $100 purchase, a shopper pays an extra $0.75 which goes solely towards investing in De Soto's infrastructure.
Another way to look at this is its impact on an average purchase:
By using sales tax, the costs are shared by residents and visitors alike who shop, eat, do business, and travel around De Soto!
Using sales tax (versus a De Soto property tax or water rate increase) relieves the residents and businesses from paying 100% of the costs of maintaining or improving infrastructure.
A town hall meeting has been scheduled for May 23rd at 6 p.m. at the De Soto City Hall.
You may also call or email City Clerk Brandon Mills at 913.586-5250 or Bmills@desotoks.us for more information on the sales tax renewal.
First, you must be registered to vote! See the Election & Voting Page for more information on voter registration and detailed election/voting information.
Beginning June 1st, registered voters will receive a white & red envelope in the mail from the Johnson County Election Office. After filling out your ballot, sign your name, include your address on the white & blue return envelope, and put it in your mailbox!
The deadline to register to vote in this election is Tuesday, May 31st, 2022.
However, voters who register after Monday, May 23rd, 2022 need to request a ballot by calling the JOCO Election Office; they will not be mailed one automatically.
Ballots are due 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022.