Manhattan voters will be asked whether or not to permanently raise the sales tax rate by 0.3% on the November 5, 2019 election ballot. The increase would bring Manhattan's sales tax rate to 9.25% and generate an estimated $3 million in additional revenue for the City in the first year.
On June 4, 2019, the City Commission unanimously passed a resolution calling for a special question during the 2019 General Election on November 5th.
The City Commission also passed a resolution dedicating the revenue from the sales tax increase, if passed, to fund six significant projects scheduled to occur over the next decade and debt financed over the next 30 years:
- Improvement of the Levee system, which protects the City from flooding. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has mandated certain improvements to the Levee and is funding 65% of the project.
- Implementation of the Aggieville Community Vision, constructing a public parking garage, streetscape, landscape and other improvements.
- North Campus Corridor improvements along College, Kimball, Denison and North Manhattan Avenues. KDOT, K-State Athletics, and the City/University Fund have each dedicated funding toward the project.
- Manhattan Regional Airport (MHK) runway and taxiway reconstruction. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), who is funding 90% of the project.
- Construction of the Douglass Recreation Center located at corner of S 10th Street and Fort Riley Boulevard.
- Construction of a combined City Maintenance Facility for Water, Wastewater, Street, Fleet, Forestry and Park Maintenance employees. Current facilities were built between 1920-1960 and are inadequate for current use.
This ballot question gives Manhattan voters the opportunity to fund these major projects through sales taxes, 25% of sales come from visitors to the community. If the ballot question does not pass, these projects will remain high priorities for the community and may be funded through other sources such as property taxes or utility fees. Some projects may be scaled back or delayed, which could cost taxpayers more over time and reduce the benefits gained by the community.
Information related to 0.3% sales tax initiative can be found on our website at www.cityofmhk.com/salestax