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WHY DO CITY RESIDENTS PAY COUNTY SALES TAX ON UTILITY BILLS?

September 13, 1999

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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.

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