2017 Sales Tax Election FAQs

The city of Lansing’s Sales Tax Election is conducted through a mail-in ballot process initiated by the Leavenworth County Clerk in late April 2017. Active registered voters have until noon on Tues., May 16, 2017 to return their ballots to the County Courthouse, County Clerk’s office at 300 Walnut St., Suite 106.

            What the ballot question means: voters are asked to decide if the city of Lansing should be authorized to impose an additional 0.45 percent citywide retailers’ sales tax, making the total sales tax paid by patrons at Lansing retail businesses 8.95 percent. If approved, the 0.45 percent sales tax increase would terminate 20 years after it commences on Oct. 1, 2017.

            How much revenue would this increase raise: Based on the most recent projections, the City could see an additional $350,000 to $400,000 per year in sales tax revenue if the 0.45 percent increase is approved by voters.

            What the additional revenue will pay for: The City Council has designated a portion of the revenue for upgrading Desoto Road, one of the main north/south routes through Lansing; revenue generated by this potential increase would also be used to pay for infrastructure improvements at Lansing parks, including Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park.

            Who would pay the additional tax: Sales taxes are paid by anyone who purchases goods and services in Lansing, regardless of where the purchaser lives. People from out of town who make a purchase in Lansing would be financially supporting specified local projects.

            How Lansing’s higher sales tax would compare: If approved, Lansing’s sales tax would increase from 8.5 percent to 8.95 percent. Even with that increase, Lansing’s sales tax would be lower than Shawnee (9.6 percent), Leavenworth (9.5 percent), Tonganoxie (9.25 percent), Bonner Springs (9.25 percent), the Unified Government of Wyandotte County (9.125 percent) and Edwardsville (9 percent). Nearby shopping districts also have sales tax rates significantly higher than 8.95 percent. Atchison and Basehor would have fractionally lower sales tax rates. Statewide sales tax rates available at: http://www.ksrevenue.org/pdf/pub17000417.pdf

            What it means for local residents when shopping: If approved, the Lansing portion of sales tax on a $100 purchase would increase from $1 to $1.45. The Lansing portion of sales tax on a $1,000 purchase would increase from $10 to $14.50. *Keep in mind that sales tax revenue is shared by several localities, including the City, Leavenworth County and the State of Kansas.

Additional Resources:

Sales Tax Rates in Kansas cities: link

The city of Lansing’s mill levy breakdown: link

Cities in Kansas – overall property tax rate breakdown for 2017: link

Any additional questions can be directed to Lansing City Administrator Tim Vandall at 913-727-3233 or tvandall@lansing.ks.us.