The GO Bonds are a package of three infrastructure-related, general obligation bonds (also known as G.O. Bonds, get it?) that will allow the city to borrow a total of $800 million over the next 20 years to pay for badly needed upgrades, repairs, and fixes for Kansas City’s aging infrastructure. Each year the city will allocate $40 million for projects that address the most urgent needs.
We need to vote yes on all three GO Bond questions because Kansas City is growing and thriving like never before. The GO Bonds will allow us to upgrade and repair our aging infrastructure AND create jobs across the city.
Voting YES will also allow us to take control of our infrastructure needs instead of waiting for Washington, DC or Jefferson City to come to our rescue. We’ll be investing in and improving the basics that make our city an even better place to live, work, and play.
QUESTION 1: Roads. Bridges. Sidewalks.
Question 1 will provide $600 million over the next 20 years to help pay for badly needed street and bridge repairs throughout the city to make streets safer.
It will also enable a city-funded sidewalk repair program so homeowners are no longer responsible for covering the cost.
QUESTION 2: Flood Control
Question 2 will provide the city with $150 million spread out over 20 years to help pay for flood control projects to protect homes, businesses, and neighborhoods from flooding.
And Question 2 will save taxpayers money by unlocking millions of dollars in federal matching dollars specifically set aside by Kansas City’s bi-partisan Congressional representatives for flood control projects.
QUESTION 3: Public Buildings. Animal Shelter.
Question 3 will provide the city with $50 million in funding to make critical upgrades and improvements to public buildings like city hall, the Starlight Theater, and city parks.
It will help make public buildings and city parks more accessible to those with disabilities and save taxpayers money by improving energy efficiency.
And it will pay for a new animal shelter, partially funded by private donations, to replace the current, aging shelter.