WICHITA — Businesses that take advantage of a new kind of economic development district will be required to post a sign telling customers they are part of that district, the Wichita City Council voted unanimously today.
However, the council decided those signs would not be required to post the extra percentage of sales tax customers will be charged. The sales tax for a community improvement district can vary, with a maximum of 2 percent. The money will pay for such items as construction, landscaping, bus stops and other projects.
The approved sign will direct customers to go to the city's web site, which will explain what the district is and how much extra tax a particular business is allowed to charge. Because the amount of the tax can vary, council members were concerned that it might create confusion by placing the tax amount on the sign of each business.
The city staff had recommended only that the city establish and maintain a website about community improvement districts.