Overland Park's tax increase gains steam
Congratulations to Overland Park City Manager Bill Ebel.
He’s gambling that - even in tight economic times - residents will pay higher property taxes to maintain the city’s strong basic services.
The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce endorsed Ebel’s proposed tax increase this week, making it even more likely the City Council will approve the tax boost later this summer.
“Increasing taxes is never popular, but the leadership of our chamber feels strongly that the increase is necessary to maintain the high quality of life and city services that continually make Overland Park one of the nation’s most desirable places to live and work,” said chamber President Tracey Osborne.
In recent weeks Ebel has become somewhat of a hero to other city administrators in the Kansas City region. Most of them would love to make a similar proposal to retain employees and maintain services.
But they often don’t have the track record of Overland Park, which has built a reputation for delivering first-class services, even if it costs a little money to do so.