Haysville residents to vote April 1 on sales tax

Haysville residents will vote April 1 on a 1-cent, 10-year sales tax that would go toward road maintenance and parks and recreation programs.

Will Black, chief administrator officer for the city, said the Haysville City Council initiated the sales tax. Six council members voted for it; one voted no; and one member was absent.

The sales tax, if approved by voters, would be used for projects in the city’s capital improvement plan and provide “an alternate funding source to get those things taken care of in a more timely manner,” Black said.

The tax is estimated to raise just under $500,000 a year for 10 years, based on 2012 sales within the city, Black said. The city does not have its own sales tax. The sales tax rate in Haysville is 7.15 percent – 6.15 percent collected by the state and 1 percent collected by the county.

A survey late last year showed support for a sales tax, Black said. The survey was inserted into Haysville’s newspaper, posted on the city’s website, posted on the city’s Facebook page and sent to members of the Haysville Chamber of Commerce.

“When we put out a survey near the end of 2013, there was a question that asked if there was support for a half-cent sales tax or a 1-cent sales tax,” Black said.

Haysville Mayor Bruce Armstrong said Haysville can’t keep up with road maintenance with its current sources of revenue.

“If you look at the increase in the amount of roads that we have and you look at the cost of what it takes to repair roads, and you look at what we have coming down the line ... even though we’ve had a steady income, we’re still falling behind,” Armstrong said.

The city hopes to expand some of its two-lane roads and wants to add more recreation programs, particularly for children and seniors.

“We’ve got a good parks system, but we’d like to supply more quality of life to people. We’d like to be able to reach more people,” he said.

One project that a sales tax could finance would be expansion of a small pond south of town for boating and fishing, he said.

Voting will be from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 1.

Advance voting will be noon to 7 p.m. March 27 and 28 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 at the Haysville Activity Center, 7106 S. Broadway. People can also cast votes at the Sedgwick County Election Office, 510 N. Main, Suite 101 in Wichita, beginning March 19.