A higher sales tax to begin in Kansas
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, email@example.com