Overland Park residents approved a dedicated three-eighth cent sales tax to fund maintenance and improvements to City streets and traffic management systems. The OP Moves sales tax will replace the City’s dedicated one-eighth cent (0.125 percent) sales tax with a three-eighths cent (0.375 percent) dedicated sales tax in April 2024.
Revenue from the tax will be dedicated to improving City infrastructure. This includes primarily streets and traffic management systems, but can include related infrastructure such as curbs, gutters, sidewalks, streetlights, storm sewers and more. These programs were developed in response to Overland Park’s growing infrastructure maintenance, preservation and improvement needs.
A resident committee recommended the City spend an additional $28.5 million per year for infrastructure, funded partially with a three-eighth cent sales tax. The three-eighth cent sales tax will raise more than $24 million to improve and maintain the City’s streets and traffic management systems. The three-eighth cent sales tax will take effect in April 2024 and expire in 2034.
The City Council approved the holding of the OP Moves mail-in ballot election in June of 2023.
The Johnson County Election Office sent out mail-in ballots to all registered voters in Overland Park.
The City held the first of two in-person town halls to share information on the proposed sales tax with the community.
The City held a telephone town hall to share information on the proposed sales tax with the community.
The City held the second and final in-person town hall event to share information on the proposed sales tax with the community.
Election day – mail-in ballots were due back to the Johnson County Election Office by noon.
The Johnson County Election Office announced preliminary election results.
The new three-eighths cent sales tax takes effect.
During the special election, the initiative that was voted on appeared on the ballot as follows:
Shall the following be adopted?
Shall the City of Overland Park, Kansas (the “City”), be authorized to levy a three-eighth of one percent (0.375%) Special Purpose City Retailers’ Sales Tax within the City of Overland Park, Kansas (also known as “OP Moves”), and to use the revenue from the tax, in whole or in part with any other funds, to fund an infrastructure improvement program consisting of repairing, rebuilding, rehabilitating, upgrading, constructing and improving City streets and related infrastructure, and to fund a traffic management program, including but not limited to, repairing, upgrading and replacing traffic signalization; such tax to take effect on April 1, 2024, the day following expiration of the existing one-eighth of one percent (0.125%) Special Purpose City Retailers’ Sales Tax; such tax to end March 31, 2034; and such tax to be in addition to the ongoing one percent (1.0%) City Retailers’ Sales Tax currently levied?
Below, see how much the three-eighths cent sales tax will levy on the following common purchases:
A gallon of gas
Pre-tax cost: $3.12
Three-eighth cent sales tax applied: $0.01
After tax price: $3.13
Air fryer appliance
Pre-tax cost: $79
Three-eighth cent sales tax applied: $0.30
After tax price: $79.30
PlayStation 5 console
Pre-tax cost: $499
Three-eighth cent sales tax applied: $1.87
After tax price: $500.87
The City currently has a one-eighth cent dedicated sales tax in effect, which was approved by voters four times. The OP Moves three-eighths cent sales tax will replace the current tax starting April 1, 2024.
Sales taxes function like user fees, meaning the OP Moves sales tax allows Overland Park residents, workers and visitors to pay their share of street maintenance and improvements. In this way, the OP Moves initiative helps keep other taxes in Overland Park – like property taxes – low.
The new three-eighths cent sales tax will fund necessary improvements to streets and traffic management systems in Overland Park.
These projects include:
The City of Overland Park has an impeccable track record and a long history of spending taxpayer money with integrity and only for the purposes allowed by dedicated funds.
Overland Park’s current one-eighth cent sales tax has been in place since 1998. The City of Overland Park set the standard for this funding type, advocating the State legislature to allow residents to choose to fund street improvements with a sales tax.
The dedicated sales tax funding mechanism requires that the City only spend OP Moves funding on streets and traffic management systems, as listed in the ballot language.
Visit opkansas.org/CIP to dig into the financial details and see more about funding sources.
The professional engineers and technicians in the Overland Park Public Works Department have identified high-priority projects that could be funded with the revenue generated by the OP Moves initiative. Project highlights include:
Traffic Management Systems:
It costs approximately $3.6 million to build a mile of a typical residential street in Overland Park. This graphic shows both the elements required for streets to meet engineering standards and the costs associated with each of those elements.
The approval of the OP Moves initiative ensures there will be an immediate 18% reduction in the use of chip seal beginning in 2025. Funding from OP Moves will also allow the City to perform more rehabilitation work, including mill and overlay, asphalt and concrete methods to keep streets in good condition.
Reducing the City’s use of chip seal requires increasing the use of other types of street maintenance, including asphalt and concrete. These types of projects are more difficult to complete in a timely manner because of limited availability of contractors and others in the supply chain. Additional funding through the new three-eighths cent sales tax levy would not be able to fund the complete elimination of chip seal usage by the City.
The following table illustrates how chip seal compares to other street preservation methods in cost and expected longevity:
|Cost Per Lane Mile
The OP Moves three-eighths cent sales tax will be in effect from April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2034.