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 in the heart of the Kansas City Metro area. We are a crossroads community,    embracing diversity, working together 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 Raytown.

Our community strengths 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 provides quick and easy travel to the entire metropolitan region.

Our City operates as a Board of Alderman/ Mayor form of government. Raytown is    designated by the state of Missouri as a fourth-class City. The City is divided into five wards, with 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 residents and businesses, 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 held the first and third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at City Hall. Meetings can be streamed live on our website, raytown.mo.us and on our Comcast and Google government channels.

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, Community Development    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 Community Development Department 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 this department. 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 reconnect pets with their owners and encourage our residents to get a pet license and microchip. Both methods typically ensure a safe trip home for our furry friends.

Our Public Works Department has put forth an extraordinary effort to maintain streets throughout our community. The department is 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 a remarkable job of snow removal during the winter months.

We encourage our businesses to take part in events, civic organizations, and City committees that better our community.

Stay current on City meetings and activities by following us on Facebook (facebook.com/Cityofraytown), Twitter (twitter.com/Cityofraytown) or Instagram (linktr.ee/cityofraytown). We also produce a  semiannual newsletter that is mailed to     residents and contains news and department updates as well as contact information for key legislators and City staff.

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   Crossroads Community, Embracing Diversity and Working Together!

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 16, 2021)

The City Sales Tax rate is 8.3500% 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%

Park Board Tax………………………..0.125%

TOTAL CITY……………………….2.500%

State……………………………………3.000%

State (Prop. C)………………………. 1.000%

Conservation………………………….0.125%

Soil Conservation……………………. 0.100%

TOTAL STATE…………………… 4.225%

County………………………………. 0.625%

KC Zoo ………………………………0.125%

County Stadium……………………… 0.375%

County COMBAT…………………… 0.250%

TOTAL COUNTY…………………1.375%

Fire District Tax………………………0.250%

TOTAL OTHER……………………0.250%

TOTAL SALES TAX………………8.350%

*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 .1250% (8.325%+.1250% = 8.4750%)

*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 .8750% without the 350 Highway TDD sales tax

(8.350%+.8750% = 9.2250%)

350 Highway CID adds .8750 plus 350 Highway TDD adds .1250%

(8.3500%+.1250%+.875% = 9.350%)

Ditzler CID adds 1%    (8.350%+1% = 9.3500%)

Raytown Crossing CID adds 1%

(8.3500%+1% = 9.3500%)

Raytown Square Shopping Center CID adds .500%   (8.350%+.500% = 8.850%)

Residential Property Tax 

(As of November 1, 2021)

The 2021 Property Tax rate is $9.4493 of every $100 of assessed property value. The City’s portion of the $9.4493 is $0.4765.  Each Levy is established in September before the tax bills are issued.

City of Raytown ……………………. $0.3179

City Parks ……….………………….  $0.1586

Fire District-Raytown ……………… $1.3068

Board of Disabled Services ….……… $0.0663

Metropolitan Comm. College.………  $0.2128

Mid-Continent Library ………………. $0.3468

Mental Health …………………………$0.1077

Raytown Schools …………………… $6.3200

Jackson County ……………………… $0.5824

Blind Pension ……………………….  $0.0300

TOTAL ……………………………. $9.4493*

 

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