City leaders in Arkansas City are considering implementing a new sales tax. The six-tenths of a percent tax would last for 10 year.

It is expected to raise about $500 thousand a year. Half of the money raised from the tax could be set aside for the South Central Kansas Medical Center. The rest would be used for city projects and maintenance.

The city manager says if city commissioners approve a finalized version of the tax at question, it will be placed on the ballot for the November general election.

If approved by voters, the general sales tax level in the city would raise to eight and a half percent.