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This is a rendering of the Opus Group’s proposed 256-unit apartment project in Briarcliff. It includes 15% of its apartments set at affordable rental rates.

The Opus Group/Port Authority of Kansas City

A proposed apartment development in the Northland’s Briarcliff area that is less than a mile from two grocery stores likely will receive a break on how much it pays in property taxes, in part because of the site’s designation as a food desert — a place without access to fresh, healthy food.

The Opus Group wants to build a $54.5 million, 256-unit apartment project on undeveloped land at

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Lawmakers want Washington to be the first state to establish a sweetened beverage tax.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Your favorite soda, juice and sweetened coffee drinks would likely get more expensive under the latest tax proposal debated in Olympia.

Modeled after a similar ordinance in Seattle, Senate Bill 5371 would charge beverage distributors 1.75 cents for every ounce of a sweetened drink that has more than 20 calories in a 12-ounce serving. That would make a 12-ounce can of regular soda cost an additional 21 cents.

Bill sponsors said, while other cities and communities around the country have similar taxes, Washington

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The Whitestown Town Council will hold a public hearing Monday night to consider a proposal to tack a 1% tax on food and beverage purchases to help fund projects that improve local infrastructure and quality of life.

In 2019, Whitestown was one of several suburban communities that received state approval to implement a 1% food and beverage tax. The town didn’t immediately impose that tax, but the council now will consider collecting the money to help pay for services, capital improvements, amenities and economic development projects.

In 2019, it was estimated Whitestown could generate $233,800 in 2021 by enacting the

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