NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF PARSONS
Parsons Business Organizations Support ½ Cent Sales Tax
PARSONS, KS ---Earlier this week, Downtown Parsons, Inc., and the Parsons Chamber of Commerce both issued statements supporting the proposed ½ cent sales tax. Each organization’s board of directors voted to unanimously issue the supportive statements.
From the Parsons Chamber of Commerce:
“The Parsons Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors recently voted to issue a supportive statement on behalf of the ½ cent sales tax being proposed for the upcoming September 17 election. The Chamber Board understands that with the imminent situation at hand for our city and the quality and level of services needed to provide a healthy business climate for our membership that the proposed ½ cent sales tax be approved.
The board issued this statement weighing the heavy need for our city administration to provide those needed services to both business and residential members of our community and supports the sales tax as the proper avenue for securing those necessary services.”
From Downtown Parsons, Inc., Board of Directors:
“The Downtown Parsons, Inc.’s Board of Directors issued a statement in support of the ½ cent sales tax being proposed for the September 17th election. We recognize this tax is proposed to fund capital improvements throughout our city with a priority emphasis placed on maintaining Public Safety. We believe the sales tax is a suitable way for securing those necessary services for our community.”
The actual question on the ballot reads:
Shall the following be adopted?
Shall a retailers’ sales tax in an additional amount of one-half of one percent (0.5%) be levied in the City of Parsons, Kansas effective January 1, 2014, with the proceeds therefrom to be used for the purpose of providing public services and/or to reduce the ad valorem property taxes within the City for a time period not to exceed ten (10) years from the date such additional sales tax is first collected?
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about the proposed tax:
How much money will a ½¢ Sales Tax generate over the next 10 years?A ½¢ sales tax could generate a little more than $8 million over the course of the next 10 years.
Is it true that nearly 3,000 people commute into Parsons daily for work?
YES. More than 3,000 workers drive in and support our community through dining, shopping at local businesses, buying groceries, entertainment, etc., all of which generate sales tax in Parsons. This sales tax would capture money from those who do not own property in Parsons, and help spread the tax burden across visitors and workers.
Will this ½¢ Sales Tax sunset?
If approved, this sales tax will sunset in 2024. At that point, voters would have to reapprove the sales tax.
What’s the current sales tax in Parsons, & if approved what would it be?The current sales tax levied in Parsons is 8.4%.If approved the Parsons Sales Tax would increase to 8.9%, still lower than several of the larger communities in the area.
If you have questions regarding the sales tax issue or would like to pick up a fact sheet about sales tax in the city, call the City offices at 421-7030.