Please join us at one of the Community Info Sessions.
September 13th, 27th October 11th
6:30 PM City Hall, 520 N. Commercial
The City of Sedgwick has long-awaited a dream of having all of our streets paved. This dream can become a reality by extending the 0.5% citywide retailers sales tax. Typical special assessments would result in a 90% assessment of improvements to the property owner with 10% being assessed to the city at large. The governing body has agreed that if passed, the City will take on 50% of the assessment with the remaining half being assessed back to the property owner. This unprecedented split will drastically reduce the tax burden to the property owner. If passed, gone are the days of potholes and dust clouds, replaced by smooth asphalt, enhancing both safety and aesthetics. This accomplishment would exemplify the power of collective determination.
These infrastructure improvements have a price tag of approximately $2,643,535. In order to fund these critical infrastructure repairs and improvements, additional funds need to be generated each year. By extending the 0.5% citywide sales tax, we will be able to fund the at-large portion of the project with revenue generated from people visiting our city rather than increasing property taxes.
By extending the 0.5% Citywide retailers’ sales tax, the City of Sedgwick can generate approximately $203,000 per year, which would allow the city to:
- Maintain and improve roads, water system, and other infrastructure on a regular schedule, rather than reacting to problems
- Create safer roads, sidewalks, and spaces for which our community can be proud
- Maintain property taxes at 74.990 mills
A sales tax would generate funding not only from people who live in Sedgwick, but also visitors who spend money inside the city limits.
Reducing Services & Shift Money to Infrastructure
Reducing services means cuts to vital areas such parks and public safety. These cuts may lead to lesser recreational offerings and longer wait times for essential service.
Raising Property Taxes
The city council has authority to raise property taxes through a simple majority vote. However, the City of Sedgwick already has a fairly high mill levy so the city council is sensitive to placing more burden on property owners.