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Wichita’s sales tax would still compare favorably

If voters in Kansas’ largest city approve the 1-cent sales tax on Nov. 4 to support water, transit, roads and economic development, Wichita’s sales tax rate will rise to 8.15 percent – which would exceed the 7.65 percent in Derby, 18th in the state in population. No. 17 Emporia already pays 8.15 percent. No. 10 Salina, where the rate is 8.05 percent, is voting next week on a countywide half-cent sales tax for a jail and justice complex. But the rates in the rest of the state’s 20 biggest cities would be higher, ranging from Junction City’s 9.4 percent to Garden City’s 8.3 percent. – Rhonda Holman