It is said that the only certain things in life are death and taxes. For Kansas City residents, the latter is certainly true. New Kansas City Taxes are piling up and are headed to the ballot this November. How will residents vote?
For many residents, Kansas City taxes will be a big motivator this election cycle. There are numerous taxes being added to the ballot this November and voters will have their say on whether or not they pass.
Among the proposed changes:
- A property tax increase totaling about $2.8 million per year; directed towards library upkeep and services
- A statewide fuel tax increase that would add 10 cents a gallon to the bill at the end of four years.
Another property tax increase aimed at providing services for seniors was quietly removed from the ballot amid fears that too many tax proposals were piling up. This also comes at the same time reports are circulating showing the tax burden in Kansas City may be too high for some to bear.
According to the Kansas City Star, a Kansas City family earning $25,000 a year paid 12.6% of its income in state and local taxes. Among major cities, that’s the eighth highest rate in the nation. Kansas City is the 37th largest city in the country.
One of the reasons Kansas City taxes are so burdensome is the sales tax, one of the highest in the country among major cities. Kansas City’s sales tax runs close to 9% in some areas (depending on local rates). That’s higher than Atlanta, Las Vegas, Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia or Washington, D.C.
November Will Tell
Ultimately, voters will have their say in the fall. And with several contentious elections taking place, turnout is likely to be high. Will voters say “yes” to more Kansas City taxes? Time will tell.
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