Kansas Sales Tax Hike Has Some Shoppers Looking Across State Line Road
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#1 Sep 30, 2010
Rick - Have you noticed that the sales tax on your chips and margaritas at Maya's on State Line in KCMO is 10%?
Yep - it's been 10% at all restaurants in KCMO for YEARS to pay for renovation to Bartle Hall. I'd say that reno is paid for.
At least Leawood properly manages their money, and you receive city services in exchange. Value for the dollar.
I never feel quite so warm and fuzzy giving my money to The Funk.
#2 Sep 30, 2010
Those in the state should try spending the Tax payers money more responsible, instead of ir-responsible, like the rest of us have to do in these times, these politicians are clueless !!!
#3 Oct 1, 2010
From the article:
"While sales tax revenue isn't as high as hoped for, it is helping the state meet or exceeded its revenue targets. The figures released on Thursday indicate collection of all taxes since July 1 were $38 million more than expected."
Because a higher sales tax could cause an decrease in sales tax collections, due to smaller purchases of goods and services in Kansas, the above paragraph can't be substantiated, at least not without additional information. In other words, it is possible that a lower sales tax would have generated higher sales tax revenue, due to less shopping across the state lines, and less internet shopping.
On a positive note, I did enjoy reading Mr. Miller's comments, and I agree that the state should tighten its belt, instead of expecting its residents to carry the state's excessive bureaucracy. Kansas spends a lot of money doing far more than protecting its residents' life, liberty, and property.
#4 Oct 1, 2010
The article states the Kansas sales tax is in effect until July 2013. Kansas also has said that revenues collected from the Kansas Lottery and from the casinos would be earmarked for education. We saw how THAT unfolded. It turned into a slush fund for other things, while the state is screaming for more money for education. "July of 2013", huh? Believing that is like believing in the Easter bunny. By 2013, some OTHER "need" will arise, and the taxes will either remain as they are, or increase once(?) again. I've never seen them decrease.
We were also told that our real estate taxes would decrease due to the Legends/Village West complex in Wyandotte County. THAT didn't happen either. I feel it's my responsibility as a taxpayer to reign some of that in by shopping in Missouri as well. In addition, Governor Parkinson, et al, have decided to purge smokers from public bars, etc.,
so they get no sales tax revenue at all from me from bar, restaurant, entertainment venues, etc. I discovered I don't need them, and the local and state coffers will just have to manage without me.
Mr. Miller is correct - raising taxes during a recession is ludicrous. It discourages spending, and during a recession, spending should be encouraged. I'm afraid they'll never get it. Maybe THAT'S why they're always in the red. Same goes for the Feds.
#5 Oct 3, 2010
It's a shame that the State of Kansas officials don't read these posts. If they weren't so isolated from public opinion, they wouldn't be surprised that sales tax revenues "weren't what they thought they'd be".
Are they that ignorant in thinking that all they have to do is levy another tax increase, and taxpayer's would simply "fall in line" and gladly open their wallets while simultaneously 'cutting back' themselves in order to give them their due without some kind of resistance?
Foolish of them if they are. The fastest parting of ways is a fool and his money.
#6 Oct 4, 2010
You mean a fool and other people's tax money!
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