Room tax raised to pay for Overland Park soccer complex

Starting July 1, visitors to Overland Park will pay ahigher tax for an overnight stay at a hotel. The city approved raising their hotel tax Monday nightfrom 6 to 9 percent to cover the cost ofconstructing a 12-field soccer park at 135th Streetand Switzer Road.

The tax, which is expecting to bringin an additional $3 million a year, would also helpcover the cost of developing a proposed entertainmentdistrict near College Boulevard and Nall Avenue.

On Monday, the council also officially said theyintend to build the soccer park. Until now, the cityhad discussed and researched the project but made nopromises.

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

The city is currenty accepting development proposalsfor the entertainment district.

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