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K.C. suburb adopts tax on road use for both homes, businesses

August 20, 2010

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— A northeast Kansas city has adopted a new tax that will charge fees based on how much traffic specific properties generate.

The Mission City Council on Wednesday adopted a “driveway tax” as a way to raise revenue for road repairs in the Kansas City suburb.

Under the new program, every homeowner will be charged $72 a year and small businesses will pay $3,558 a year, beginning in December.

The Kansas City Star reports that larger businesses will pay more. For example, a Target store will pay up to $64,750 annually.

City officials say the fee is expected to raise $1.2 million a year to help finance $38 million in road improvements during the next 10 years.

It will also be used to fund a new express bus service between Overland Park and the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.

Comments

Practicality 4 years, 10 months ago

Maybe this would be a good idea in Lawrence. Think about it, if Target has to pay 64 grand a year, just think how much KU would have to pay?

Practicality 4 years, 10 months ago

I see your point. I was just kinda making a joke.

On the other hand, how much would the downtown merchants have to cough up?

I am just waiting for an air tax next.

notajayhawk 4 years, 10 months ago

And you don't think Target is going to pass on the new tax by raising its prices?

kernal 4 years, 10 months ago

I believe the State would be exempt.

Fill 4 years, 10 months ago

Awesome!! That ought to raise the price of goods!!! In a strapped economy; Nothing spells relief like a new tax and higher prices.. Would say the workers raises just flew out the window as well ((That is IF the company doesn't just up and move))..

skinny 4 years, 10 months ago

Wow, pretty amazing. I think some City Admin in Mission need to start looking for new jobs!!

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