Overland Park paves way for property tax increase to pay for mental heath training, supports for first responders

Overland Park property tax

The Overland Park City Council on Monday voted 10-2, paving the way for a one-mill rate increase in property taxes. The increased revenue would primarily pay for a behavioral health unit and training for first responders to deal with mental health calls following the 2018 fatal police shooting of teenager John Albers. File photo.

A small but impassioned group of residents argued against it, but in the end the Overland Park City Council cleared a path for the city’s next proposed budget to substantially increase property tax revenue over last year.

Councilmembers voted 10-2 to exceed the “revenue neutral” tax rate that would offset the increases in tax dollars rolling in from rising property values and new construction.