When first elected to the City Commission my priorities were Taxes, Infrastructure and Responsible Growth. Those three concepts are the lithmus test for all decision making. In 2011 I supported the renewal and restruture of the Economic Development Tax. In the 10 years of that tax it has provided buisness growth, but more important lowered the mill levy and your property taxes by 1 to 2 mills each year. A third of the tax was used to drive down the city debt - providing a direct benifit to every citizen. In 2020 I championed the early renewal of the Eco Devo Tax . Citizens approved the renewal in November of 2020. The tax was restructured and named the Economic Recovery and Relief 2023 Sales Tax. The sales tax will take effect on January 1, 2023 and remain in effect for 10 years. The new City-wide 0.5% sales will 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.
The Economic Recovery and Relief 2023 Sales Tax witll be dedicated 70% to Debt and Infrastructure, 20% to Economic Development and 10% to Work Force Housing.
Work Force Housing
Workforce Housing$6.5 million towards workforce housing initiatives. Without housing options, it will be difficult to recruit and retain talent for new businesses. The Commission is establishing two new boards to address affordable housing and work force housing. Manhattan will have the time and opportunity to develop a housing plan to identify the needs of homeowners and renters and the shortfalls in the current housing situation.
Debt & Infrastructure
Debt Repayment The estimated $45.5 million generated over 10 years will be devoted to the City's Bond and Interest Fund to pay down debt. Using sales tax revenue for this purpose would save property owners the equivalent of 7.677 mill levy in property taxes each year. Infrastructure ProjectsInfrastructure 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.
Economic DevelopmentTwenty percent of the sales tax revenue - estimated at $13 million over the 10 year period - would be dedicated to job creation. This would include recruitment, retention, and expansion of businesses in Manhattan.
I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
The city election is about real facts and rational problem solving. The city needs to move forward. The recently passed sales tax is focused on the priorities. We must grow city buisness and increase sales tax revenue by attracting customers to our city. The property tax burden must be reduced, the debt must be reduced, and city infrastructure mantained and improved. This can all be accomplished and still maintain the Quality of life that all Manhattanites expect. I determined to run for a fourth term on the Commission so that I will have the opportunity to follow through and implement the goals of the Economic Recovery and Relief 2023 Sales Tax
Paid For by Wynn Butler for Manhattan City Commission
Myron P. Kryschtal Treasurer