In October 2013 Overland Park voters, for the fourth time, voted to extend the city's 1/8 cent sales tax. The extension, which renews the tax until March of 2024, was approved by over 70 percent of voters.
The 1/8 cent sales tax is applied to purchases made by residents and non-residents in retail businesses throughout Overland Park.
Revenue from the tax is used to fund a:
- Residential street improvement program which consists of street construction, curb replacement, new sidewalks and street light upgrades.
- Thoroughfare street improvement program which widens thoroughfares and enhances traffic management systems and traffic flow on these main corridors.
- Traffic management program which includes replacement of sidewalks, curbs, street lights and traffic signals.
The 1/8 cent sales was first approved by voters in 1998 with collection beginning April 1, 1999. Voters approved renewal of the sales tax in 2003, 2008 and 2013. Between 1999 and 2013, approximately $72 million has been collected and expended on related improvements.