- Parks Sales Tax FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE PARK SALES TAX?
Renewal of the Blue Springs Parks Sales Tax would continue the dedicated sales tax for local parks applied to all retail sales made within the city of Blue Springs that are subject to taxation under the provision of Section 144.010 to 144.525 RSMo. All revenue received from the local Park Sales Tax can only be used for:
“solely for local parks for the City, in order to purchase, improve and manage parks, trails and natural lands for water quality, wildlife, tree preservation and recreation purposes.”
The proposed NO TAX INCREASE renewal of the dedicated Park Sales Tax will be funded by residents and non-residents making retail purchases in Blue Springs. Revenues from the dedicated Park Sales Tax renewal are only to be used for park maintenance and improvements, parkland development and operation subsidy. The proposed funding would not replace current General Fund allocations for parks and cannot be used for any other City purpose.
WHAT IS THE PARK SALES TAX RATE IN BLUE SPRINGS AND HOW MUCH WILL IT INCREASE IF PASSED?
The current sales tax rate for Blue Springs is 8.6% and will NOT INCREASE if the parks sales tax is renewed.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE TAX IS NOT RENEWED?
If the NO TAX INCREASE fails, Blue Springs Parks and Recreation will continue to deliver residents the best possible facilities and programs with the resources available. However, there will be challenges and we would make ongoing assessments of the most critical areas of need and maintenance. To ensure the safety of our residents, it would be necessary to close some parks and/or amenities within our system. Over the last four years, many of our park amenities have been renovated and repaired, however, there are still significant maintenance needs.
If not approved, some examples of facilities faced with potential closing are:
- Woods Chapel Park Playground
- Keystone Park Playground
- Rotary Park Tennis Courts
- Ward Park Restroom Building
Blue Springs Parks and Recreation will do their best to maintain these facilities for as long as possible.
DIDN’T WE JUST PASS A DEDICATED PARK SALES TAX?
In 2017 the Blue Springs residents approved a ½-cent park sales tax for five years. We are approaching the end of the program on September 30, 2022, and many needs remain in our park system. The Parks Sales Tax has been the catalyst to the improvements made throughout the community to our parks, including major renovations to playgrounds at Young Park, Ward Park and Rotary Park and the new splashpad and playground at Burrus Old Mill, to name a few. The renewal of the parks sales tax in an integral part of the City’s ability to continue the improvement of our park facilities, parkland development and facility improvements for years to come. Since the inception of the Missouri Statue allowing for parks to use sales tax to fund local parks, 27 of the top 30 communities have approved the use of sales tax to fund their local park improvements.
IF I VOTE FOR THE RENEWAL OF THE PARK SALES TAX, WHAT WILL MY MONEY BE USED FOR?
Park Maintenance and Improvements
Annual funding would be allocated to maintain current facilities including playgrounds, shelters, trails, athletic fields, tennis courts, roads, restrooms, and other facilities. $1,450,000 annually would be dedicated to funding improvements to our current park facilities.
Over the past few years, Blue Springss Parks and Recreation has been working to find ways to replace the Centennial Pool-plex with a modern indoor/outdoor aquatics facility. The renewal of the Parks Sales Tax would allow for the construction of a new modern facility replacing the 40-year-old Centennial Pool-plex, now operated by the Blue Springs School District. Due to maintenance cost and facility repairs required to operate the outdoor pool, the Blue Springs School District has informed the City, the outdoor pool will close permanently.
With a vision to provide our residents in southern Blue Springs with the same quality park amenities the rest of the City experiences, funds from the renewal of the parks sales tax would include the development of Southwest Park located west of 7 Highway and north of Wyatt Road.
It is our intention not just build new facilities, but to also ensure continued operation and maintenance needs are met. This would secure the viability and success of new facilities and improvements for years to come without taking away from other important City services.