MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Manhattan voters have turned down a proposed increase of the city’s sales tax from 8.95% to 9.25% to fund six major city projects.
City officials say the sales tax increase was expected to generate $3.3 million in the first year. They planned to use the funds to help finance six major projects of the next 30 years, including:
- Maintenance and rehabilitation to the Manhattan Levee - $33 million ($13.4 million sales tax funding)
- Infrastructure improvements in Aggieville - $30 million ($20 million sales tax funding)
- Infrastructure improvements to the north K-State corridor - $43 million ($25 million sales tax funding)
- New recreation facility at 10th and Ft. Riley Blvd. - $4.5 million ($4.5 million sales tax funding)
- Reconstruction of the runway and taxiway at the MHK Regional Airport - $52.5 million ($52 million sales tax funding)
- City maintenance facility - $12 million ($1 million sales tax funding)
Now, with the sales tax increase rejected by voters, Manhattan officials say they will have to look elsewhere.
“We will need to re-order priorities and see what we actually can fund, because we won’t be able to fund all of those with property taxes” Linda Morse, Manhattan city commissioner, said.
The City of Manhattan’s website adds that the ballot gave voters “the opportunity to fund these major projects through sales taxes… as opposed to property taxes and/or not doing all or a portion of many of the projects.”