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Derby Difference Sales Tax

Official Results: 67% yes (1,045)  32% no (492)
Sedgwick County Election Office, Oct. 14, 2013)

Tentative Timeline

2014: Design Madison Avenue Central Park and Warren Riverview Park/Work on land acquisition for Ballfield Complex
2015: Begin collecting sales tax/Construct Madison Avenue Central Park
2016: Construct Warren Riverview Park
2016: Design Ballfield Complex
2017: Construct Ballfield Complex
2018: Open Ballfield Complex

A dog park is still desired and planned. It will be identified for construction at a later date based upon land acquisition opportunities and designating a location.

Derby citizens voted on the Derby Difference Sales Tax on Oct. 8, 2013.

Derby Difference Logo.jpgWhat will the sales tax create?
  • The Derby Difference Sales Tax will enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors by funding (1) construct of a new central park, a tournament-quality baseball/softball complex, and a dog park; (2) add emergency response personnel and equipment to improve response times in our growing community; and (3) fund Derby Public Library operating expenses. 

Is this a tax increase?

  • No, this is not a tax increase.
  • The Derby Difference Sales Tax is a half-cent sales tax that will replace the current half-cent Library Sales Tax, passed in 2007, which paid for construction of the Derby Public Library and continues to pay library operating expenses.

Why a half-cent sales tax?

  • Tpenny graphic.jpghe Derby Difference Sales Tax is a fair way to share the expense of city improvements with visitors.
  • Shopping and restaurant dining in Derby draw people from a 50-mile radius.
  • This sales tax ensures out-of-towners help pay for services that they use but are otherwise funded by Derby property taxes.
  • Derby’s sales tax has historically been the second-lowest in the region (and our property tax is third-lowest).
  • Rather than just funding the library, this same amount of tax can also improve Derby Fire & Rescue services and Derby parks during the next 10 years.
  • For every $100 spent in Derby, 50 cents would go to improve Derby.
  • This tax generates approximately $2 million per year, which is the equivalent of 11 mills of property tax.

Good Track Record

  • In Derby, we do what we say we are going to do. In 2003, residents decided a half-cent sales tax would be a good way to fund a new aquatic park. Rock River Rapids was built, and the tax ended in 2009.
  • In 2007, citizens approved the half-cent Library Sales Tax to build and pay operating expenses of a new library. This tax began in 2010 and could end after 2014 because the building costs will be paid.

Why does Derby Fire & Rescue need more personnel?Fire Summer 13

  • Additional personnel will improve emergency response times and increase safety. 
  • The current staff of 17 is smaller than cities of similar size like Dodge City (25) and Hays (23).
  • During the past five years, Derby has continued to grow, and Derby Fire & Rescue’s workload has increased 38%. Medical emergencies comprise 67% of its workload. 
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Why do we need more parks in Derby?

  • The Derby Difference Sales Tax will fund the proposed Madison Avenue Central Park, located at the former site of St. Mary Catholic School.
  • Watch a five-minute video of the proposed Central Park. Charlie-1.jpg
  • Central Park will address many unmet needs in the Derby community, including creating a venue for events like weddings and meetings, an accessible playground for children of all abilities, space for a farmer’s market, an outdoor classroom, a lighted walking path, and a splash pad. The Derby Recreation Commission also plans to move its art classes to this location. 
  • The Derby Difference Sales Tax will fund construction of a tournament-quality baseball/softball complex so Derby can provide quality facilities for both residents and visitors.
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Why is the Derby Public Library important?Library-Reading1.jpg

  • Every day, 500 people (on average) visit the library. 
  • More than 40 programs are held each month for toddlers, school-aged kids, teens and adults.
  • People can use library computers for free, and groups can hold meetings at little or no cost.
  • People can even go online to check out e-books and subscribe to magazines for free.
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What happens after the election

  • The Library Sales Tax will end on Dec. 31, 2014, and be replaced by this tax on Jan. 1, 2015.

City of Derby
City of Derby
611 Mulberry Road
Suite 300
Derby, KS 67037-3533
Ph: 316-788-1519