Find the latest reports, videos and other information here regarding a proposed citywide sales tax for key priorities: jobs, water, streets and public transportation.
On August 5, the Wichita City Council approved a one-cent, citywide sales tax question to be placed on the ballot of the General Election in November.
If approved by voters, the one-cent sales tax would generate $397.6 million over five years for four community priorities - job creation and retention efforts, a future water source, improved street maintenance and an expanded transit system. The four community priorities were identified by residents during nearly two years of community engagement efforts in the form of public meetings, neighborhood and stakeholder presentations, social media town halls and other community feedback opportunities. The following documents are prepared to provide more information:
KMUW Conversation with City Manager Bob Layton on Proposed City Sales Tax
The Council’s vote followed public comments supporting and opposing the sales tax from residents, local groups and other stakeholders.
This site was created to provide documents, news releases, videos and other materials related to the sales tax and community priorities.
The City is soliciting nominations to the Oversight Committee. It will be comprised of 14 members. Each Council Member will appoint one member from their district and one member at large. The Mayor will have two at large appointments. Nominees must be residents of the City of Wichita. Financial background is helpful but not mandatory. If you are interested in serving on the Oversight Committee contact the City Council office at 316-268-4331.
Download the application form.
City 7 News Conference (18 minute video about Proposed Sales Tax)
City 7 Videos
May 6 – City Council Strategic Planning WorkshopTopic: Economic Development, Quality of Life Facilities, Public Transportation, and Homelessness white papers
May 13 - City Council Strategic Planning WorkshopTopic: Passenger Rail, Affordable Housing, Pavement Preservation, and Water Supply Planning white papers.
May 20 - City Council Strategic Planning WorkshopTopic: Summary and discussion of eight topics presented on May 6 and May 13.
May 27 – City Council Special MeetingTopic: Discussion related to narrowing topics, use of funds from current County-wide sales tax, and clarification on economic development, water supply, and transit issues.
July 22 - City Council Strategic Planning WorkshopTopic: Summary of community meetings and additional information about water supply, jobs initiative, pavement maintenance, and public transit.
August 5 - City Council MeetingTopic: Public comment and approval of ballot language.
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