City of Raytown

10000 E. 59th Street

(816) 737-6000

www.raytown.mo.us

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Welcome to Raytown! Grounded in our hometown values and Midwestern roots, we are located in the heart of the Kansas City Metro area. We work to ensure a high quality of life for our residents, businesses and visitors. With a healthy patchwork of history, business opportunities, neighborhoods, education, and culture great things are happening in our City.

Our community strengths in Raytown include accessibility, affordability and community values. Raytown is strategically located 12 minutes from downtown Kansas City, Missouri and only eight minutes from the Country Club Plaza. Easy access to Interstates 70 and 435 provide quick and easy travel to the entire metropolitan region.
Our City operates as a Board of Alderman/ Mayor form of government. The City is designated by the state of Missouri as a fourth-class City. The City is divided into five wards. There are two aldermen elected from each ward of the City. The Mayor and Aldermen serve a four-year term. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen appoint a City Administrator. Together with City departments, community partners and residents, we work to make living in Raytown the best it can be. Our ordinances are available on the City’s website.

Board of Aldermen meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of each month, 7 p.m. at City Hall. We offer live streaming of the meeting on our Website at www.raytown.mo.us and on our Comcast government channel.
Raytown has a full range of commercial options and some of the most competitive commercial rental rates in the KC Metro area. Opportunities exist for businesses to locate in a “downtown” environment or in a highway commercial corridor with 35,000 cars per day.

The City of Raytown provides many public services to the residents and businesses in Raytown. These services are provided by the Public Works Department, Police Department, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Development and Public Affairs Department, Economic Development Department, Finance Department, Parks & Recreation Department, Municipal Courts and City Hall Administration. These services are paid for by various traditional revenue sources such as property tax, sales tax, franchise fees and user fees. The City supplements these revenue sources with federal and state grants whenever possible.

BridgeOur Development and Public Affairs is responsible for the physical upkeep of the City. The activities of the Department range from maintaining the long range plans for the City, issuing business and liquor licenses to reviewing plans for commercial and residential buildings. Neighborhood revitalization is a key focus for the department. Using a federal program called Neighborhood Stabilization, the City is working with the Builders Development Corporation in rehabbing and tearing down blighted homes and building new homes. The City is developing ways to expand this program and other revitalization programs City-wide. The department is also responsible for Animal Control as well as code violations throughout the City. We have a page on our Website and our Facebook page for animals that have been found. We do our best to find the owners and encourage our residents to get a pet license and use a microchip. Both of these methods typically ensure a safe trip home for our furry friends.

Our Public Works Department has put forth an extraordinary effort to improve streets throughout our community, and today drivers can see the difference. In 2015, the department introduced a new product for overlaying streets in Raytown. The new product is made from marble and gives a better appearance. Overlay is used to extend the life of a street. They are responsible for the City’s infrastructure; operating and maintaining the City’s storm water system; operating and maintaining the City’s sanitary sewer system; maintaining and operating the City’s roadway infrastructure; and, maintaining and operating the City’s traffic signal network. They also do an amazing job of snow removal during the winter months.

We encourage our businesses to take part in events, social clubs and City committees that better our community. Opportunities and information about two of the City’s commissions, Council on Aging and the Raytown Human Relations Commission can be found on our Website at www.raytown.mo.us.

The Website also offers options for direct text messaging. Or to stay current you may want to join our Facebook page or Twitter page.  We also offer a quarterly newsletter that is sent to the majority of residents in our two zip codes, 64133 and 64138. The newsletter contains pertinent information of what is happening around the City as well as contact information for key legislators and City staff. Opportunities for advertising in the newsletter are available.

The greatest asset in our City remains the people. Neighborhoods and business associations are an important aspect of life here. People are engaged, friendly and proud of their community. The City boasts a full range of civic, social and faith opportunities to meet the needs of its citizens.

The City of Raytown is a great place to live, play and do business!

HOW YOUR TAX  DOLLARS ARE SPENT

The Finance Department is the steward of both the property tax and sales tax revenues collected by the City.  These revenues are used to fund City services and run day to day operations of the City.

Sales Tax (As of November 1, 2015)

The 2016 City Sales Tax rate is 8.225% of gross sales. Sales tax revenues are used to support several taxing entities including the City, State and County, as well as several special interests.

General Sales Tax………………………1.000%

Transportation Tax …………………….0.500%

Capital Tax…………………………….0.375%

Public Safety Tax………………………0.500%

TOTAL CITY……………………….2.375%

State……………………………………3.000%

State (Prop. C)………………………..1.000%

Conservation………………………….0.125%

Soil Conservation……………………..0.100%

TOTAL STATE……………………..4.225%

County…………………………………0.500%

KC Zoo ………………………………0.125%

County Stadium……………………….0.375%

County COMBAT……………………..0.250%

TOTAL COUNTY…………………1.250%

Park Board Tax………………………..0.125%

Fire District Tax……………………….0.250%

TOTAL OTHER……………………0.375%

TOTAL SALES TAX………………8.225%

*Note: There is one Transportation Development District (TDD) authorized by the Jackson County Circuit Court within the City of Raytown. This retail shopping district has levied an additional sales tax to pay for the cost of road infrastructure costs.

350 Highway TDD adds .120%

(8.225%+.120% = 8.345%)

*Note: There have been four Community Improvement Districts (CID) established within a portion of the City of Raytown. These districts have levied an additional sales tax to pay for the cost community improvements.

350 Highway CID adds .870%

(8.225%+.120%+.870% = 9.215%)

Ditzler CID adds .500% (8.225%+.50% = 8.725%)

Raytown Crossing CID adds .500%

(8.225%+.50% = 8.725%)

Raytown Square Shopping Center CID adds .500%

(8.225%+.50% = 8.725%)

Residential Property Tax (As of November 1, 2015)

The 2016 Property Tax rate is $9.1932 of every $100 of assessed property value. The City’s portion of the $9.1932 is $0.5539.  Each Levy is established in September before the tax bills are issued. Property taxes on a $150,000 home would be $2,620.06 of which $157.86 goes to the City.

City of Raytown ……………………. $0.3694

City Parks ………..…………………. $0.1845

Fire District-Raytown ………………. $1.0100

Board of Disabled Services ….………  $0.0748

Metropolitan Comm. College ..……… $0.2329

Mid-Continent Library ………………. $0.3200

Mental Health ……………………….. $0.1218

Raytown Schools …………………….$6.3200

Jackson County …………………….. $0.5298

Blind Pension ……………………….. $0.0300

TOTAL ………………………….. $9.1932*

*Note: Businesses need to include $1.437  for the County’s Replacement Tax