Mission weighs options, including sales tax, to confront future street project needs

Mission replaced the loss of nearly $800,000 per year from its Transportation Utility Fee (TUF) with a property tax increase that raises approximately $833,000 per year for streets. But that switch won’t cover all of the city’s street program needs running into the future.

One option that may be on the table is to add another dedicated sales to the existing quarter-cent the city already charges for street maintenance. Even with that additional revenue, city projections show that it does not generate enough money to cover regular maintenance, debt service from the Johnson Drive and Martway projects and new capital projects. The capital projects include full depth reconstruction of some deteriorating streets and a major project on Foxridge. The city does have the cash flow to cover the annual maintenance and debt service costs.

The fate of the TUF is now in the hands of the Kansas Supreme Court which will hear the city’s appeal of a Kansas Court of Appeals ruling that declared the TUF illegal.

(Read more: Prairie Village Post)

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