Shawnee & Lenexa

June 18, 2014

Shawnee might let voters decide on 10-year sales tax for roads

A plan to increase Shawnee’s sales tax to repair its deteriorating streets will be coming back before the city council this summer. The city has 780 lane miles of streets, about 12 percent of which are rated from “poor” to “failed.” But the regular street repair budget of about $4.1 million, which comes from the gasoline tax, an impact fee on the landfill and the general fund, does not provide enough money to keep pace with the ever-increasing cost of those repairs, according to staff estimates.

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