Tax hike would build soccer fields, aid entertainment district

Overland Park will have a higher hotel tax starting July 1. The City Council on Monday approved raising the room tax from 6 to 9 percent, which is projected to bring in $3 million more annually.

The additional money would pay for a new soccer park at 135th Streetand Switzer Road. It also would help cover the cost of developing a proposed entertainmentdistrict near College Boulevard and Nall Avenue.

On Monday, council members also said officially they intend to build the soccer park. Until now, they had discussed and researched the project but made no promises.

Plans for the soccer park include 12 championship-quality fields with artificial turf, newconcession stands and a multi-purpose building.

The city is accepting development proposals for the entertainment district.

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| Laura Uhlmansiek,