City of Raytown

10000 E. 59th Street

(816) 737-6000

www.raytown.mo.us

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Grounded in our hometown values and Midwestern roots, Raytown is located in the heart of the Kansas City Metro area. As a full-service government, 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 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 thoughtfully plan Raytown’s future.

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. New businesses this year include a Hy-Vee Convenience Store, Dunkin’ Donuts, CareSpot, Select Physical Therapy, Calderon Beverage & Event Services, Center 63 Boutique, Found in Nature, Raytown Plaza Laundry, Stumble’s Public House, Summit Health Care, The Groom Factory, Body Wise, Hemi-Auto, Ridgewood Dental Lab and 87th Street Market.

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.

Our Development and Public Affairs is responsible for the physical upkeep of the City. BridgeThe activities of the Department range from maintaining the long range plans for the City, issuing business 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.

This year you will see changes in our Downtown as we implement the Downtown Streetscape Project which will provide wider sidewalks, landscaping, new traffic signals and streetlights as well as additional on-street parking. Other projects include a Bicycle Pedestrian Trail along 350 Highway and a new sidewalk on 59th Street. The City has placed a greater emphasis on pursuing these alternative funding sources as a means to supplement the City’s finances. We will continue to pursue these funds so we can provide future phases and projects.

Our Public Works Department has put forth an extraordinary effort to improve streets throughout our community, and today drivers can see the difference. In 2013, through the Transportation Sales Tax, the department completed 3,879 tons of asphalt overlay, 8 miles of sealing, 103,212 linear feet of striping and improved 33 ramps to meet ADA requirements. They are responsible for planning, designing and constructing 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. Work has begun on a large project to improve the sewer systems along 83rd Street that will be completed by the end of 2014.

In addition to changes in the physical appearance of Raytown, the demographic makeup of Raytown is also changing. While the population dropped slightly, demographic projections show that Raytown is getting younger. Over the past couple of decades, Raytown has been seen as an aging community. That, however, is changing. There is now evidence that Raytown is growing younger as many long-time residents of single-family homes are downsizing to senior-oriented housing. The result is a strong supply of available housing options in a wide price range.

The growth in “under-25″ headed households in Raytown outpaces the significant increase at the regional Kansas City level. Projections indicate that there will be a greater percentage of Households led by “under-25″ year olds (14.2%) than in the KC metropolitan area as a whole (12.6%). Housing costs in Raytown are expected to remain under regional levels, this means “Young Raytown” purchasing power is well in excess of the “under-25″ crowd in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  (Source: DemographicsNow.com)

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.

We would encourage our businesses to take part where they can in events and committees that better our community. Opportunities and information about the city can be found on our Website at www.raytown.mo.us. Or join the conversation on our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

The greatest asset in the 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, 2013)

The 2014 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, 2013)

The 2014 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