A higher sales tax to be­gin in Kansas

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - BUSINESS | -

Kansas shop­pers and con­sumers take note: The state sales tax will climb by 1 cent at the stroke of mid­night.

The tax ap­plies to ev­ery­thing from cars and shoes to com­put­ers and piz­zas. Kansans will see the higher sales tax on bills for cable, tele­phone, dry clean­ing, auto re­pairs and more. The new tax means the av­er­age Kansas fam­ily will shell out an ex­tra $266 a year.

The state sales tax passed by a slim mar­gin in the fi­nal hours of the Kansas 2010 leg­isla­tive ses­sion. The ad­di­tional $314 mil­lion gen­er­ated by the state tax helped avoid fur­ther cuts to schools, so­cial ser­vices and other state pro­grams.

In ad­di­tion to the 1-cent in­crease from the state, Kansas City, Kan., res­i­dents ap­proved a three-eighths-cent sales tax in­crease that also takes ef­fect on Thurs­day. The tax, which was passed over­whelm­ingly, is ex­pected to fund ba­sic pub­lic safety and in­fra­struc­ture ex­pen­di­tures. The chart il­lus­trates what shop­pers will pay in sev­eral Kansas cities com­pared with those across the state line. | Dawn Bor­mann, dbor­mann@kc­star.com

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