How will the new sales tax impact my wallet?

The proposed increase of 0.5% in local sales tax is a minimal incremental increase. A few examples of what that increase equates to in your wallet: $0.50 on a $100 grocery purchase, an extra $50 on a $10,000 purchase, and an extra $250 on a $50,000 purchase. In addition, the State of Kansas is eliminating the State sales tax on food you buy at the grocery store. This means the average household in Derby will already be experiencing a decrease of ~30% on their grocery food tax due to the elimination (state sales tax rate on food is currently 4% and by Jan. 1, 2025 it will be 0%), even with the increase in the City’s portion of 0.5%.

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1. Why is the City requesting a sales tax increase now?
2. When, where and how do I vote?
3. How did the City decide what to put on the sales tax ballot?
4. What is the ballot question for the proposed sales tax?
5. If approved, what will the new sales tax rate be?
6. Why a sales tax increase?
7. If approved, how much revenue will the new sales tax create?
8. If approved, how will I see the proposed sales tax at work in the community?
9. How will the new sales tax impact my wallet?
10. Why use a sales tax instead of another type of tax?
11. What will the City do if the proposed sales tax does not pass?
12. How does the public know that future spending commitments will be met?
13. How does the City manage the sales tax project funds?
14. What street improvements will occur and why are they needed?
15. What type of park maintenance and improvements will occur with the new sales tax?
16. What type of public safety equipment and capital improvements will occur with the new sales tax?