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A full list of projects since 2013, the last renewal, is listed below. In summary, the 1/4 cent sales tax has funded roadway improvements, new sidewalks and sidewalk repairs, stormwater pipe replacement and repair, improvements to our parks and park maintenance. In addition, the sales tax has helped the City leverage grant resources, such as the Community Development Block Grant, which has awarded the City more than $200,000 in recent years to complete improvements to Birch and Rosewood Streets.
Birch Street Improvements - 2018 CDBG Project
The City is scheduled to complete renovations to R Park, make major improvements to the Roeland Park Aquatic Center, continue UBAS and other surface treatments for City streets, make improvements to the community center and much more. A complete list of scheduled uses is listed below.
The total effective sales tax rate for Roeland Park is currently 9.225%. Two of our properties have tax overlay districts called a Transporation Development District (TDD). In those areas, the total sales tax is 10.225% (TDD 1: Price Chopper and surrounding business district in Bella Roe excluding Lowes) and 9.725% (TDD 2: Lowes). The TDDs expire in 2025. Of this, the City’s portion of the sales tax is currently 1.25%.
With a sales tax increase, the new rates will be:
All cities in Johnson County include the following sales taxes in their total effective rates:
These total rates are added to their City rate plus any special districts to get their total effective sales tax. Below is a table showing where Roeland Park’s City sales tax rate compares with other cities in both Kansas and Missouri.
The City has received some inquiries about how we use the approximately $13.8 million that we have either in our bank account or invested as of the end of the third quarter 2020. This breaks down as follows:
Because we pay for many of our capital projects with our cash on hand, this total amount ebbs and flows based on what projects we have going on at any given time.
The sales taxes are often referred to as the "27 funds" which make up the total 1.25% of the City’s sales and use taxes. Below is the breakdown.
0.5% - 27A - Special Street Fund. Used for streets and sidewalk improvements.0.375% - 27B - General Fund. Used for general government purposes0.125% - 27C - Community Center Fund. Used for community center operations, maintenance and capital improvements. 0.25% - 27D - Special Infrastructure Fund. Used for capital improvements and maintenance to any public infrastructure including parks, storm sewers, streets, buildings, etc.
Since 2016, the City of Roeland Park has invested $21,461,346 in its parks, streets and sidewalks, capital equipment, facilities, and stormwater infrastructure. Funding sources include the City’s sales tax funds, tax increment financing (TIF), the General Fund, bond proceeds and grants. Below is an illustration of how those funds have been spent in the last five years.