During Monday night's Shawnee City Commission meeting, the board approved an ordinance to impose a 0.5-percent excise tax (sales tax), in addition to all present city, county and state excise taxes, with the proceeds of said tax to be used to fund several capital projects. It will be levied on gross proceeds from all taxable sales.

During Monday night's Shawnee City Commission meeting, the board approved an ordinance to impose a 0.5-percent excise tax (sales tax), in addition to all present city, county and state excise taxes, with the proceeds of said tax to be used to fund several capital projects. It will be levied on gross proceeds from all taxable sales.

They have called a special election June 26 to allow the public to vote on the item.

City Manager Justin Erickson shared a Capitol Improvement Project list, should residents vote in favor of the temporary 10-year sales tax.

The proposition has been discussed thoroughly among commissioners and city leaders during two workshops held so far this year.

Erickson said funds would be earmarked specifically for public safety, streets and parks and public facilities and can only be spent on capital improvements.

Three areas are the focus of the added funds: public safety, streets/roads and parks and public facilities.

The increased funds would accomplish many projects that have been on the city's to-do list for awhile, including things like a police department headquarters and patrol vehicles; improvements to Fire Stations No. 1 and 3; a fire engine and training structure; emergency warning system enhancements; as well as improvements to roads; and parks and public facilities.

The plan proposes to split funds three ways: 0.125 percent would be expended for police, fire and emergency management projects (a projected $7,500,000); 0.125 percent would be expended for street and road projects (a projected $7,500,000); and 0.25 percent would be expended for public parks and public facilities projects (a projected $15,000,000). Altogether, the total comes to $30,000,000.

Broken down into specific projects, they are:

Public safety

• SPD headquarters — $3,200,000

• Fire Stations No. 1 and 3 improvements — $1,750,000

• Police patrol vehicles (25) — $1,250,000

• Fire engine — $750,000

• Fire training structure — $300,000

• Emergency warning system enhancements — $250,000

Streets and roads

• Major improvements to 45th Street, from west of Kickapoo to east of Harrison — $3,500,000

• Pavement overlays and panel replacements (implement master plan) — $4,000,000

Parks and public facilities

• Implement Phase 1 of the Parks Master Plan design — $7,000,000

• EXPO enhancement/remodel — $3,500,000

• Construct sidewalks and trails — $1,750,000

• Library roof and remodel — $1,000,000

• Senior Center roof and remodel — $1,000,000

• Community Center roof and remodel — $350,000

• Santa Fe Depot roof and remodel — $400,000

When

The tax, if approved by taxpayers, would be levied beginning Oct. 1 this year and would cease to be levied after Sept. 30, 2028.