Vote Outcome

The proposed ballot question was defeated on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Both sides have indicated plans to continue discussions about how to fund the priorities that were identified during this process. For more information on next steps from the City of Wichita, please read this article from the Wichita Eagle regarding the Mayor’s press conference.

City Sales Tax Referendum

One of the best ways Young Professionals can effect change in Wichita is to be educated about the current, local issues and then vote when the time comes. An issue before the community now is a proposed 1-cent, city-wide retailer’s sales tax increase that would take effect in 2015 and sunset in 2020 or when the allocated funds have been raised, whichever comes earlier.

The proposed ballot question is as follows: Shall the City of Wichita, Kansas, be authorized, pursuant to K.S.A. 12-187 et seq., to impose a one percent (1.0%) city-wide retailers’ sales tax to be effective April 1, 2015, and which will terminate no later than April 1, 2020, with an amount not to exceed $250 million dollars of such tax applied to pay the costs for the purchase, development,  maintenance and operation of a long-term water supply, with an amount not to exceed $80 million dollars of such tax applied for job development and creation, with an amount not to exceed $39.8 million dollars of such tax applied to support Wichita Transit operations, and with an amount not to exceed $27.8 million dollars of such tax applied for street maintenance and repairs?

Click here for more information from the City of Wichita.

As part of our mission to engage YPs in the community, YPW hosted a Pro/Con forum on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, about this issue. Representatives from both sides were on hand to present their platform and answer questions from the audience about the proposed tax. The session was recorded, and videos from the evening can be viewed below. Due to technical difficulties, we do not have video or audio for questions 1 and 4.

Yes Wichita! Presentation

Jon Rolph and Moji Fanimokun, co-chairs of the Yes Wichita! campaign, discussed why the group supports the proposed sales tax.



Coalition for a Better Wichita Presentation

Jennifer Baysinger, Chair of Coalition for a Better Wichita, discussed why the group opposes the proposed sales tax.



Question 2: What is the impact of the sales tax on low income?

Question 3: If it is safer for the passage of the water portion, why was the jobs portion bundled with it?

Question 5: How do we educate ourselves/What are the facts about the sales tax?