Goddard, Kan. ---
Tuesday night citizens of Goddard got a chance to see why the city wants to impose a 1% sales tax. If passed, the sales tax in Goddard will increase to 8.15%.
Richard Rose, has called Goddard home for more than 20 years. He says he loves the small city atmosphere, but he's noticing his city needs improvements. He said, "we have a lot of infrastructure, we have a lot of roads, we have a lot of things that need repaired."
That's why he's supportive of the proposed one percent sales tax. 75% of what is collected will go toward repairing, maintaining the infrastructure. Brian Silcott, Goddard City Administrator said, "we want to look at improving our roadway systems. We have about 9 million dollars in maintenance projects that are currently on our books."
Part of that extensive project includes widening thoroughfares which Silcott says could cost about $3-$5 million dollars per mile. Another project includes upgrading the park system. He said, "we're looking at a park system on the north side of Kellogg that would be connected with path, bike paths and walkways that would connect with our existing park system south of Kellogg."
The city says, if passed, they plan to be transparent on how much money is collected and what project its funding at the time. That information will be posted on its website.
Rose believes this sales tax proposal is the best way to get the money to make upgrades to Goddard. With a sales tax all those who shop in Goddard will help pay for roads, parks, utilities, and public safety. A majority of these services are currently funded through property taxes. Rose said, "the other alternatives to bringing money into this city to make those type of repairs isn't desirable to me. I don't want to see my property tax on my home increase."
25% of the sales tax will go toward reducing property taxes.
Goddard voters will decide on August 5th if they want to impose this sales tax.