WHAT IS QUESTION 1?
Question 1 would renew the capital improvements sales tax, which is an existing 1% sales tax that the city uses to fund capital improvements including maintaining streets, bridges, curbs, sidewalks, flood control, parks and public buildings.
IS THIS A NEW TAX?
No, this is not a new tax. We are simply renewing the existing tax at the same rate. Failing to renew it means that hundreds of millions of dollars in other taxes will have to be raised to prevent valuable projects from being cut, including neighborhood improvements, street repairs, and maintaining critical parts of Kansas City’s infrastructure.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THIS TAX?
35% of the sales tax receipts are designated for neighborhood improvements and those funds are equally divided among city council districts at the recommendation of the Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC) and city council.
At least 25% of the sales tax receipts are for street repairs and construction. The remainder can be used for maintenance of other city assets and for other capital improvements, including the city’s share of the costs for the replacement of the Buck O’Neil Bridge.
WHY ARE WE SPENDING MONEY ON THE BUCK O’NEIL BRIDGE?
The Buck O’Neil Bridge, also known as the Broadway Bridge, is in disrepair and is frequently congested during busy traffic periods. Building a new bridge will give us a solution that will last 75 years, have more lanes, and will safely connect Highway 169 to I-35 without having to stop at a light in downtown. By using capital improvements tax money we can pay for the new bridge without having to create a new tax, place a toll on the bridge, or shut it down for two years while we work on it.
WE JUST PASSED THE GO BONDS, WHY DO WE NEED THIS TAX?
The GO Bonds money will be used to undertake badly needed new infrastructure and construction projects. Most of the capital improvements tax money will be used to maintain those projects after they’re built.