How can we expect the City to manage the sales tax project funds?

The City is focused on accountability and transparency. This is why the sales tax ballot language lists specific categories for how the funds can be used. These categories have legal limitations. From a budgeting and accounting perspective, the sales tax funds are separated from our General Fund and all other accounts so there is never confusion or concern about the use of funds. The annual allocation of funds for projects are approved by the governing body during a series of open meetings intended to address our annual budget and capital improvement planning. This allows for full transparency and the public’s eye on the use of funds. Finally, these special funds are included in the City’s annual financial statements, which are audited annually. The audit is always conducted by a third-party auditing firm. For many years, the City has consistently received the highest audit opinion noting that the City has strong financial practices protecting against fraud and misuse and that the City’s financial statements are free from material misstatements which could arise from fraud or error. You can review the City's past several years of audits here.

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1. What is the ballot question for the proposed sales tax?
2. Why use a sales tax instead of another type of tax?
3. Will the sales tax rate increase if these are passed by the voters?
4. What will the City do if the proposed sales tax does not pass?
5. If approved, how much revenue will these sales taxes create?
6. How will the sales tax impact my wallet?
7. How does the sales tax rate in Bonner Springs compare to other nearby cities and shopping areas?
8. How has the City used the proceeds of the current sales tax since 2013?
9. What will the proposed sales tax be used for and does it address our community’s needs?
10. How does the public know that future spending commitments will be met?
11. Will the City lose business if these sales taxes are passed by voters?
12. How does the City decide which streets will be funded?
13. How much would it cost to fully fund all of the City’s street maintenance needs?
14. Will you use these funds to improve 138th Street or Metropolitan Avenue?
15. Will you use these funds to improve my water?
16. How can we expect the City to manage the sales tax project funds?