Overland Park to see higher property taxes - KCTV5

Overland Park to see higher property taxes

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Overland Park's city council voted Monday night to increase property taxes to pay for important services such as repairing old streets to hiring more police officers.

The city's current property tax rate of 8.9 mills will go up another 4.1 mills. This means 23 to 30 police officers, firefighters and other city staff who were in jeopardy of being laid off will have their jobs saved. The street maintenance budget will go up by $5 million so crews can concentrate on fixing aging streets.

In the police department, more officers will be hired to help deal with the rise in crimes like gang problems. The exact number of new officers to be hired is unknown.

KCTV5's Sandra Olivas spoke with Councilman Terry Goodman who said sales tax, as well as other revenues, were down for the city so the council didn't really have any other options.

"If your street needed repairs, you'd be out of luck if we did nothing. But now we can work on those aging streets. Also, we have funds to deal with other safety problems, like increase in gangs and retail crime," he said.

What this means for those in Overland Park is that those who own a home worth $250,000 will see their property tax go up roughly $115 a year.

Overland Park isn't the only city with budget concerts. Tuesday night, the Lenexa city council is looking at increasing their property taxes as well.

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