New coalition opposes sales tax increase in Wichita

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

WICHITA, Kan.--- A group of business owners, community leaders, and citizens announced the creation of the "Coalition For A Better Wichita" today.

The coalition opposes the proposed one-percent sales increase in the City of Wichita.

"The main reason that we're opposing the tax is that there's not a clear plan. There have been several plans discussed and several plans changed and several plans brought back, but no concrete plan from the city as how the taxpayer dollars will be spent," said Jennifer Baysinger, spokesperson.

During Tuesday's City Council workshop, city staff presented plans on how to use the $400 million expected to be generated over five years.

The plan outlines $250 million for improving the water supply, $40 million for enhancements to the public transit, $30 million for road improvements, and $80 million to focus on the economy and job development.

Baysinger and her group are hoping the proposal will not be on the November ballot.

"The citizens already are approaching us. They are not interested in moving forward with this tax. They don't feel like they know what the tax is about," said Baysinger.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on whether or not to add the sales tax initiative on the November ballot at their meeting on August 5th.

The deadline to place measures on the November ballot is August 18th.

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