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Sales tax increase considered for 84th and Wornall shopping center

Posted at 4:35 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 20:46:53-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A shopping center at the southwest corner of 84th and Wornall Road in South Kansas City may get a boost but it comes at the expense of a 1-percent sales tax increase. 

The owner of the center wants to put in place the Wornall Village Community Improvement District (CID) to help renovate the area. 

There’s currently a Price Chopper, a restaurant, bar and another store in the lot, with a former Church’s Chicken building that’s sat vacant for years. 

Shoppers aren’t shy about their opinions on the center. 

“It needs to be improved like a lot,” said Lindsey Schrader. 

“We need to do something with it,” said another man who only wanted to be identified as Carlton. 

Councilman Scott Taylor said the CID will help give the shopping center a makeover without solely using money from the city’s budget. 

“It’s going to encourage the private owner to put $10 million into it do really do a complete makeover,” said Taylor. 

But it comes at the sales tax increase which many customers said they didn’t mind paying.

“Because this is where I live and I want it to look nice,” said Schrader. 

“I’d be behind that 100-percent,” added Carlton

Price Chopper is putting in $2 million to renovate and expand in that location. 

The CID proposal goes in front of the Kansas City planning committee next Wednesday. If passed by the full council, the sales tax could start within 30 days.