By Robert Marin
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
11:35 AM CDT, October 19, 2012
(GARDEN CITY, Kan.)
November 6 voters in Finney County will face a ballot question to reauthorize a 1/4 cent sales tax.
The tax goes specifically to the Building Road Maintenance Project, or BRMP. It was first approved by voters in Spring of 2009 and implemented in October of that year. According to Finney County officials, it was scheduled to remain in place until Sept. Of 2015. The tax benefits not just the county, but also the cities of Garden City and Holcomb.
In November voters will decide whether to extend the current 1/4 cent sales tax for an additional six years. The county notes it is just an extension, not a new tax, so the county's sales tax rate will not change if the ballot issue is approve. The county says it needs to know the future of the tax for budget planning.
Between 2010 and 2013 the county says it estimates it will have spent $2.6 million on building and road maintenance projects. The county says, if not for the tax, the costs for building and road maintenance would have resulted in an annual mill levy increase of 1.7 mills.
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