Overland Park infrastructure group says sales tax increase could reduce chip seal work

Overland Park chip seal

During a review of the Overland Park's Infrastructure Advisory Group report during a Monday committee meeting, city manager Lori Curtis Luther recommended Overland Park begin looking into new ways to increase funding for its infrastructure. File photo.

An Overland Park infrastructure advisory group says renewing and increasing a special sales tax could be one way in which the city could fund improvements to the city’s aging infrastructure while reducing its reliance on the controversial chip seal method of road resurfacing.

  • Overall, the group says the city needs nearly $30 million more annually in order to maintain its infrastructure, primarily roads, at a “good” level.
  • Any decision to increase the city’s current 1/8-cent special sales tax dedicated to infrastructure would ultimately have to be approved by voters, and the suggestion was one of several revenue-raising possibilities the group offered in a report discussed by the city council Monday.

The upshot: But City Manager Lori Curtis Luther cautioned councilmembers that any talk of addressing infrastructure concerns, including the use of chip seal, won’t go very far until the question of how to fund such work is answered.