WELCOME TO EDWARDSVILLE!
The City of Edwardsville is located in southwest Wyandotte County, just north of the Kansas River and just south of the Kansas Speedway. With a population of about 4,500 folks, Edwardsville offers a small-town feel with close proximity to metropolitan amenities and attractions. Edwardsville was first surveyed in 1869 and was located on land owned by Delaware Indian Chief Half Moon. Our most famous resident was Junius Groves, a freed slave known as the Potato King of the World in the early 20th Century due to the fact that his western Wyandotte County farm produced more bushels of potatoes per acre than any of his international competitors. The City was officially incorporated in 1915. With an active Parks & Recreation Department, highly-regarded public safety departments, and quick access to big city resources, the City of Edwardsville is a great town to raise a family or establish a business. We're happy you've visited us and encourage you to reach out to Edwardsville City Hall at 913-356-6000 if you have any questions!
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SPECIAL SALES TAX
Part of the 2023 election ballot in Edwardsville will include a question regarding the extension of the existing Special Sales Tax for the City. This half-cent sales tax has been in place since 2014 and was approved with 66% of Edwardsville voters voting 'YES'. The dedicated purpose of the sales tax at that time was to fund improvements and major projects related to streets/roads/etc., Parks & Recreation programs and projects, and the acquisition of equipment and vehicles for the Edwardsville Fire/EMS Department. Since that time, the funding source has generated between $300,000 and $500,000 each year in dedicated revenue for these areas. This provides relief for the City's General Fund, which is primarily funded through property taxes.
The Special Sales Tax in its current form is set to expire at the close of 2024. Edwardsville voters are being asked to decide whether this funding source (separate from property taxes) should continue past 2024. The rate of the sales tax will remain unchanged, but the scope will be expanded to allow for purchases related to all public safety departments (i.e. Police Department purchases would be eligible). More information about the funding source (such as what is been used for, who typically pays, its effect on the mill levy, and more) can be found by clicking HERE. If you are part of a community group that wants to learn more about this funding source, please reach out and request a staff presentation by calling 913-356-6000, extension 1, and making the request via the City's Customer Service Clerk.