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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Understanding the current sales tax rate in Manhattan

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On November 5, Manhattan voters will have the opportunity to vote on a 0.3% permanent sales tax increase. The increase would be dedicated to funding six major infrastructure projects over the next 20-30 years. There projects include the Manhattan Levee, Aggieville Community Vision, North Campus Corridor, Airport Runway and Taxiway Reconstruction, Douglass Recreation Center, and City Maintenance Facility. If the sales tax initiative passes, it would raise the local sales tax rate to 9.25%.

Full details of the sales tax initiative and projects can be found on city's website: 

The current sales tax rate in Manhattan is 8.95% in most areas of the city. Of that total, 1.00% is a permanent city sales tax dedicated toward annual operations. The first permanent sales tax increase (0.5%) was approved by voters in 1972. The last permanent sales tax increase (an additional 0.5%) occurred in 1980. Other special purpose sales taxes have been approved by Manhattan and Riley County voters over the years. 

Manhattan has several Transportation Development Districts (TDD’s) with an additional 0.5% sales tax - which increase the 8.95% to 9.45% - and fund transportation improvements.  These are primarily located downtown to the north and south of the Manhattan Town Center.  There is also a TDD in place at the Scenic Crossing development (near Scenic Drive & Anderson Ave).  Manhattan Town Center has a Community Improvement District (CID) with an additional .75% on top of the 8.95% - bringing the total to 9.7% - that will fund major renovations to the mall over the next 20 years.

More information about sales and property taxes is available at

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