On November 3, Manhattan voters passed a ballot measure to adopt a 0.5% Economic Recovery and Relief sales tax.
Riley County’s unofficial final report indicates 11,314 (YES) Manhattan residents for and 7,319 (NO) voted against the measure.
The sales tax will take effect on January 1, 2023 and remain in effect for 10 years. The new City-wide 0.5% sales tax is anticipated to coincide with the expiration of 0.5% Riley County Sales that will sunset on December 31, 2022. The new 0.5% city sales tax will be levied within the entire city limits of Manhattan, including those portions of the City within Pottawatomie County.
Purpose of Economic Recovery and Relief Sales Tax
Sales tax proceeds would be used for following purposes based upon the language defined in the resolution & special question:
Reducing the ad valorem property tax burden on City taxpayers
Stimulating the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
Paying for public infrastructure projects related to quality of life and economic development
Economic development initiatives intended to recruit, retain and grow jobs
Workforce housing initiatives
How would the tax revenue be spent?
An estimated $45.5 million generated over 10 years, a portion of which could be devoted to the City's Bond and Interest Fund to pay down debt.
Infrastructure projects and improvements would be focused on areas to help the community prosper - more jobs, more opportunities for commerce and businesses to flourish, and creating a more inviting and appealing environment for all.
Twenty percent of the sales tax revenue - estimated at $13 million over the 10 year period - is dedicated to job creation. This would include recruitment, retention, and expansion of businesses in Manhattan.
$6.5 million generated over ten years towards workforce housing initiatives. Without housing options, it will be difficult to recruit and retain talent for new businesses.
On the Ballot - November 3
City Commission Resolution
On August 18, 2020, the City Commission passed Resolution No. 081820-E calling for a special question for a 10-year, 0.5% sales tax to be placed on the November 3, 2020, general election ballot for the City of Manhattan. The sales tax passed by the voters of Manhattan, and will go into effect January 1, 2023. This will coincide with the expiration of the Riley County 0.5% Economic Development/Road & Bridges Sales Tax passed in 2012.
Please contact the City Manager's Office at (785) 587-2404.