67% yes (1,045) 32% no (492) Sedgwick County Election Office, Oct. 14, 2013
2015: City began collecting sales tax
2016: Madison Avenue Central Park opened in October
2017: Design Phase 1 Ballfield Complex/Dog Park
2019/2020: Construct Phase 1 Ballfield Complex/Dog Park
2020: Dog Park opened in October
2021: Phase 1 Ballfield Complex opened in May
2024: Collection of the tax ends December 31.
Derby citizens voted on the Derby Difference Sales Tax on Oct. 8, 2013.
What will the sales tax create?
The Derby Difference Sales Tax will enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors by funding (1) construction of a new central park, a tournament-quality baseball/softball complex, and a dog park; (2) add emergency response personnel and equipment to improve response times in our growing community; and (3) fund Derby Public Library operating expenses.
Is this a tax increase?
No, this is not a tax increase.
The Derby Difference Sales Tax is a half-cent sales tax that will replace the current half-cent Library Sales Tax, passed in 2007, which paid for construction of the Derby Public Library and continues to pay library operating expenses.
Why a half-cent sales tax?
The Derby Difference Sales Tax is a fair way to share the expense of city improvements with visitors.
Shopping and restaurant dining in Derby draw people from a 50-mile radius.
This sales tax ensures out-of-towners help pay for services that they use but are otherwise funded by Derby property taxes.
Derby’s sales tax has historically been the second-lowest in the region (and our property tax is third-lowest).
Rather than just funding the library, this same amount of tax can also improve Derby Fire & Rescue services and Derby parks during the next 10 years.
For every $100 spent in Derby, 50 cents would go to improve Derby.
This tax generates approximately $2 million per year, which is the equivalent of 11 mills of property tax.
Good Track Record
In Derby, we do what we say we are going to do. In 2003, residents decided a half-cent sales tax would be a good way to fund a new aquatic park. Rock River Rapids was built, and the tax ended in 2009.
In 2007, citizens approved the half-cent Library Sales Tax to build and pay operating expenses of a new library. This tax began in 2010 and ended on Dec. 31, 2014 because the building costs were paid.
Why does Derby Fire & Rescue need more personnel?
Additional personnel will improve emergency response times and increase safety.
The current staff of 17 is smaller than cities of similar size like Dodge City (25) and Hays (23).
During the past five years, Derby has continued to grow, and Derby Fire & Rescue’s workload has increased 38%. Medical emergencies comprise 67% of its workload.
The Derby Difference Sales Tax will fund the proposed Madison Avenue Central Park, located at the former site of St. Mary Catholic School.
Central Park will address many unmet needs in the Derby community, including creating a venue for events like weddings and meetings, an accessible playground for children of all abilities, space for a farmer’s market, an outdoor classroom, a lighted walking path, and a splash pad.
The Derby Difference Sales Tax will fund construction of a tournament-quality baseball/softball complex so Derby can provide quality facilities for both residents and visitors.