Even higher sales tax headed to downtown KC
The Kansas City Star
In my column Thursday, I noted that sales taxes are on the rise around the Kansas City area.
However, I left out a tax that will affect a lot of people.
In April, a one-cent sales tax will begin to be charged in the downtown transportation district, which will help finance the city’s two-mile streetcar line.
That means the regular tax of 8.35 percent in Kansas City in Jackson County will go up to 9.35 percent throughout the transportation district.
The sales tax burden doesn’t stop there for many customers in the downtown area.
The sales tax will hit 10.35 percent in the Power & Light District and in the Performing Arts/Bartle Hall district, where separate one-cent sales taxes already are being charged to help pay for garages and other improvements in those areas.
But there’s more.
The sales tax will zoom to 12.35 percent at restaurants in the Power & Light District when the city’s 2 percent restaurant tax is added in.
Overall, this is just another indication of how the sales tax lug in Kansas City - as well as other suburbs - continues to head ever higher.