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Parks Sales Tax Renewal
About the Parks Sales Tax
On April 4, the City of Harrisonville, Parks and Recreation Department, will present a question on the General Election ballot for your consideration. 

In 2001, Harrisonville voters approved a 1/2 cent sales tax for parks & for the construction of the Community Center. After the Community Center debt is retired and paid in full at the end of 2022, 1/4 cent of this designated tax is scheduled to sunset.

Proposed Ballot Language 
Shall the City of Harrisonville, Missouri be authorized to continue to impose a sales tax at a rate of one-quarter percent, currently scheduled to expire at the end of 2022, for the purpose of providing funds for the operation, maintenance, improvement, and expansion of Parks & Recreation amenities and services? This measure does not increase the existing sales tax.

Financial Stewardship
 
  • Parks & Recreation have been historically sound financial stewards of tax supported facilities.
  • Solid management of the Outdoor Pool Facility for nearly 20 years 
  • Strong operation of the Harrisonville Community Center facility for over 10 years 

Ongoing Efforts 

  • In order to continue to operate an outstanding system of parks and facilities, ongoing stewardship, repairs, maintenance and improvements are necessary. 

Vision for the Future 
  • With the continuation of the existing 1/4 cent sales tax for Parks, will apply the revenue to capital development, maintenance and improvements to parks and recreation facilities & services. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a new tax?
No, this is NOT a new tax. There will be no increase in the amount of sales tax you currently pay. This is a continuation of the existing 1/4 cent sales tax for parks that was approved in 2001. The referendum, if approved by voters, would extend this designated tax beyond 2022 to support current parks operations and to fund future development projects.

What are the advantages of a sales tax?
It is a funding source paid by everyone, not just local property owners. Visitors contribute towards projects that improve the quality of life for everyone.

What did the Parks Department do with sales tax funds already collected?
These funds have been used to pay the Community Center bond payment and to fund current operations & maintenance.

When would the extension of the existing 1/4 cent sales tax begin and how much would be collected?
If approved by voters, the extension would begin Jan. 1, 2023 with conservative estimates placing collections from the full 1/2 cent tax at $900,000 annually with approximately $250,000 available each year for capital projects throughout the parks system.

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Proposed Capital Projects 
  • Playground upgrades at area parks 
  • Dog Park & other highly requested amenities 
  • New trails that connect throughout the City for exercise and safe travel 
  • New shelters, benches, picnic tables & drinking fountains
  • Updated ball fields, field lighting & concessions 
  • Facility upgrades & renovations to the Community Center & Outdoor Pool 
  • Upgraded Park landscaping throughout the City