2015 Derby Difference Sales Tax

Official Results

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Sedgwick County Election Office, Oct. 14, 2013


2015: City began collecting sales tax

2016: Madison Avenue Central Park opened in October

2017: Design Phase 1 Ballfield Complex/Dog Park

2019/2020: Construct Phase 1 Ballfield Complex/Dog Park

2020: Dog Park opened in October

2021: Phase 1 Ballfield Complex opened in May

2024: Collection of the tax ends December 31. 


Derby citizens voted on the Derby Difference Sales Tax on Oct. 8, 2013.

What will the sales tax create?

  • The Derby Difference Sales Tax will enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors by funding (1) construction of a new central park, a tournament-quality baseball/softball complex, and a dog park; (2) add emergency response personnel and equipment to improve response times in our growing community; and (3) fund Derby Public Library operating expenses.

Is this a tax increase?

  • No, this is not a tax increase.
  • The Derby Difference Sales Tax is a half-cent sales tax that will replace the current half-cent Library Sales Tax, passed in 2007, which paid for construction of the Derby Public Library and continues to pay library operating expenses.

Why a half-cent sales tax?

  • Tpenny graphic.jpghe Derby Difference Sales Tax is a fair way to share the expense of city improvements with visitors.
  • Shopping and restaurant dining in Derby draw people from a 50-mile radius.
  • This sales tax ensures out-of-towners help pay for services that they use but are otherwise funded by Derby property taxes.
  • Derby’s sales tax has historically been the second-lowest in the region (and our property tax is third-lowest).
  • Rather than just funding the library, this same amount of tax can also improve Derby Fire & Rescue services and Derby parks during the next 10 years.
  • For every $100 spent in Derby, 50 cents would go to improve Derby.
  • This tax generates approximately $2 million per year, which is the equivalent of 11 mills of property tax.

Good Track Record

  • In Derby, we do what we say we are going to do. In 2003, residents decided a half-cent sales tax would be a good way to fund a new aquatic park. Rock River Rapids was built, and the tax ended in 2009.
  • In 2007, citizens approved the half-cent Library Sales Tax to build and pay operating expenses of a new library. This tax began in 2010 and ended on Dec. 31, 2014 because the building costs were paid.

Why does Derby Fire & Rescue need more personnel?

  • Additional personnel will improve emergency response times and increase safety.
  • The current staff of 17 is smaller than cities of similar size like Dodge City (25) and Hays (23).
  • During the past five years, Derby has continued to grow, and Derby Fire & Rescue’s workload has increased 38%. Medical emergencies comprise 67% of its workload.
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Why do we need more parks in Derby?

  • The Derby Difference Sales Tax will fund the proposed Madison Avenue Central Park, located at the former site of St. Mary Catholic School.
  • Central Park will address many unmet needs in the Derby community, including creating a venue for events like weddings and meetings, an accessible playground for children of all abilities, space for a farmer’s market, an outdoor classroom, a lighted walking path, and a splash pad.
  • The Derby Difference Sales Tax will fund construction of a tournament-quality baseball/softball complex so Derby can provide quality facilities for both residents and visitors.
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Why is the Derby Public Library important?

  • Every day, 500 people (on average) visit the library.
  • More than 40 programs are held each month for toddlers, school-aged kids, teens and adults.
  • People can use library computers for free, and groups can hold meetings at little or no cost.
  • People can check out e-books online and subscribe to magazines for free.
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