The City is conducting a community survey in early 2023. Survey results will be used to help inform the Derby City Council how to best invest tax dollars when planning for the next phase of the Derby Difference local sales tax. The local sales tax brought in over $3 million in 2022 and helps ease the property tax burden on Derby residents.
In the past, the half-cent local sales tax has been used for priorities such as the following:
Construction of Rock River Rapids
Construction and operating expenses of the Derby Public Library
Operating expenses and addition of firefighters and equipment for Derby Fire and Rescue
Construction of Madison Avenue Central Park and Decarksy Park Phase 1.
A select random group of Derby residents will receive a survey in the mail in January 2023. A link will also go out inviting all community members to complete the survey online. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and priorities!
Wichita State University Public Policy and Management Center (PPMC) will administer the survey and statistically analyze the results. The City Council will review the results and consider them while drafting a ballot question for the next local sales tax. The intention is for the ballot question to go out to the public for vote in November 2023.