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Proposed Sales Tax Hike Goes to Ballot

KSAL Staff - January 25, 2016 5:49 pm

The Salina City Commission. From left, Karl Ryan, Kaye Crawford, Jon Blanchard, Trent Davis, and Randall Hardy.

Voters in Salina are going to have a chance to decide whether or not to raise the sales tax.

City commissioners Monday approved a special mail-in election. Voters will decide whether or not to increase the current 8.40 percent sales tax to 8.75 percent.

Funds raised from the increased tax would be used to improve infrastructure. Improvements would include neighborhood streets and drainage, preserving a stable property tax rate, ensuring a quality park system, constructing and maintaining capital improvements, funding equipment, funding bonded debt issued for capital improvements, and continuing to support a fund managed by the City to attract quality jobs.

The new sales tax would be in effect for twenty years, from October of 2016 through September of 2036.

Salina currently has one of the lowest sales tax rates for comparable cities. Only Derby and Wichita is lower. If approved, the new rate of 8.75 percent would put Salina equal with Manhattan and Hays, but still lower then nearly every other comparable sized city in Kansas.

The special mail-in election will cost between $35,000 and $45,000.

Commissioners indicated that the question might got lost on the ballot in the general election, and said that traditionally mail-in elections get a much higher rate of ballots returned.

The mail-in ballot will go out to voters in Salina on May 10th.


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Current sales tax rates in Kansas.


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Doug Clemens

January 25, 2016 at 7:02 pm

No way. This dishonest city commission has put in the river improvement in this package. We ta payers voted that down a few years ago. By lying to get elected to the commission the commissioners are trying to backdoor us taxpayers. There should be recall petitions against each and everyone of them. They need to be gone for what they are trying to do.

Danny Engling

January 26, 2016 at 7:05 am

No. Sales taxes hit the poor the hardest. The city can cut expenses.

Doug Clemens

January 26, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Not these commissioners they cannot cut. They spend money like its water and cannot get a simple bridge fixed on Greeley Ave. but can spend millions on the bi center or repave Iron East of Ohio and it is worst than driving in a pasture. Plus Iron West of Ohio did not need all the money they are spending on it plus having a main route closed for the time it has been.

Doug Clemens

January 26, 2016 at 4:07 pm

After reading the story in the Journal there have been some things that need to be addressed. First the tax for the pool needs to expire period as that is how the taxpayers voted on it. These commissioners are saying the biggest part is for road repair well then that’s all it should go to if passed. The biggest joke is the commissioners want to count the ballots. That is like letting the wolf count the hens in a hen house. Come on people they can count what they want plus who would verify the ballots would be real or counterfeit? Heck money is being done all over why could someone wanting the river project print up a few ballots? Let the voters go to vote where their id’s will be checked and then counted by someone other then the commissioners or their friends.

Stan Clemons

January 27, 2016 at 9:29 am

These comments are all on target. Why would these city commissioners want to count the ballots themselves? The answer is to sway the outcome. Voting should take place at the polling places set up and people should have to use id’s. These people that were elected to the commission had one agenda in mind and that was getting their river deal going and as said by others lied to the voters to get elected. I also agree with others on the Greely Ave bridge which should have been fixed 2 years ago but the river people do not want that bridge there. The City Manager is involved in all of this as he supports the river project and stands to make money off of it personally. Its time to clean house of all these people and further need to bring in the states attorney general on what they are trying to pull on the voting.

Diane Hundven

January 27, 2016 at 5:35 pm

This should go on a ballot at a general election instead of the commission trying to fast track it through mail-in ballots. Also the reasons for this tax increase needs to be detailed so voters can make an informed decision. There are jerks at every level of government working to make sure their pet agenda gets funded with taxpayer dollars. I am sick of the deception and dishonesty rampant in government.

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