Manhattan voters approve increased sales tax for street maintenance

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – The City of Manhattan reports Tuesday night that voters approved a special ballot question Tuesday that will raise Manhattan’s sales tax to pay for street repairs.

The 0.20% sales tax increase was approved, 65 percent to 35 percent, with 16,153 people casting ballots on the question, according to unofficial final results from Riley County.

Mayor Usha Reddi says he is pleased voters supported this important local initiative.

“These additional funds will significantly expand our ability to properly maintain our local streets and improve safety around our schools.”

The sales tax increase to 8.95 percent will take effect April 1 and will sunset after 10 years. The City of Manhattan expects to start seeing revenue from the tax in June, and projects will begin to be scheduled for 2018 using the funds. The increase is expected to generate $2 million annually, with approximately $1.9 million going toward repairs of existing streets and $100,000 going toward Safe Routes to School projects.

The Manhattan City Commission approved the ballot question earlier this year after hearing from a steering committee that weighed multiple options for street maintenance funding.

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