Wichita Eagle publishes answers about city’s proposed sales tax

Chamber members who need more information about the city’s proposed sales tax are headline - Wichita Eagleencouraged to follow this link to today’s Wichita Eagle article. The article provides answers to more than 20 commonly-asked questions about the topic. The questions are grouped by these subheads:  Effect on consumers, Jobs fund, Water project, and Streets and transit.

You may also want to review these Wichita Eagle and Wichita Business Journal articles for more specific information:

Incentives at heart of debate over sales tax jobs fund – October 26, 2014
‘No’ vote outspends ‘yes’ in Wichita sales tax campaign – October 19, 2014
More groups announce support for proposed sales tax – October 16, 2014
Wichita sales tax vote bringing home costs of future water needs – October 12, 2014
What you would pay under the proposed new sales tax – October 8, 2014
Tax would target fixing worst of Wichita’s streets – September 28, 2014
Finkle:  ‘More oversight than I’ve ever seen’ – September 19, 2014
Proposed 1-cent sales tax would add, expand Wichita bus routes – August 3, 2014

Your RSVP needed for next sales tax information session

Our thanks to City Manager, Bob Layton, and senior members of his team for spending time with Chamber members on Tuesday afternoon providing background information and answering questions about each of the four components of the proposed sales tax:  water supply, jobs initiative, public transit, and pavement maintenance. Gary Schmitt, Chairman of the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, was also on hand to answer questions about the jobs initiative.

The audience posed a series of questions to the subject matter experts:

  • Is our jobs recovery just going to happen or is this jobs initiative necessary to get different results?
  • Will the funds generated by this sales tax be primarily used for capital investment rather than funding operations?
  • Will the city use local companies for the capital investment projects?
  • How sure are we that the Aquifer Storage and Recovery solution will really work?
  • The background information that’s been provided shows that the City is projecting an increase in water usage (7 billion gallons annually) by 2060. Is this increased demand primarily residential or commercial? Do your projections take into account increased revenues from increased usage?

Do you have similar questions? If so, we encourage you to participate in the last information session that will be held on Friday, July 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. This session is being offered exclusively to Chamber members, so please RSVP by noon on Thursday to Tracy Iles at tiles@wichitachamber.org or 268-1114.