Mayor James fulfills pledge to reform the City’s tax code

December 19, 2013 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Changes result in lower property taxes for Kansas City, Missouri residents

Residents recently received property tax bills for the 2013 calendar year and those payments are due on December 31st.  Today, Mayor Sly James announced that as a result of the approval of Question 1, which appeared on the August 2012 ballot, some property taxes will not appear on that bill, which could lead to savings for most residents.

During that election, voters were asked to approve a ½ cent sales tax to fund our Parks and Recreation department and help create a dedicated street maintenance fund for the first time in our City’s history.  To offset that burden, the City would reform our tax code by eliminating three different property taxes: the trafficway maintenance tax, the park and boulevard maintenance tax, and the boulevard front foot assessment.  For example, residents with a home valued at $200,000 and a vehicle valued at $35,000 would see tax relief in the amount of $92.17.  Additionally, the $12.50 motor vehicle fee was not renewed as part of that vote.

 “I want Kansas Citians to know their government kept its promises and is being efficient with their hard-earned tax dollars,” said Mayor Sly James. “That’s what trust is all about.”

 Please see visual from today’s press conference:  LowerTaxes

Contact: Joni Wickham: 816-513-6582 or cell: 816-572-2152