Why do Lawrence residents pay both county and city sales tax on their utility bills?
There are two separate local sales taxes:
- A 1 percent sales tax that applies to city residents. Its revenues are dedicated for public safety services, such as police and fire.
- A 1 percent sales tax that applies to county residents. Its revenues are being used to finance a new county jail, a new city-county health building and a number of parks and recreation projects, as well as reduce property taxes.
"Residents of all cities in the county" -- Lawrence included -- "are also residents of the county," City Manager Mike Wildgen said.
Lawrence residents are county residents, too, meaning they pay both taxes.