Platte County motorists enjoy smoother streets and safer bridges thanks to a county sales tax approved a decade ago.
So it makes good sense for voters to say yes to a pair of transportation-related issues on the April 2 ballot, with the strong goals of building and maintaining even more roads and bridges in the fast-growing county.
The first question requests a 10-year renewal of the current three-eighths-cent sales tax.
The second question requests approval of $20 million in bonds. A portion of the sales tax receipts would pay for the bonds, which would allow public works officials to award contractor bids and more quickly make transportation improvements throughout the county.
The tax renewal would create $6 million a year to help fund 15 scheduled bridge replacements and upgrades to several major roads, especially Missouri 45.
In addition, half of the $6 million annually would be distributed to cities in Platte County. Kansas City would get the most just over $20 million in the next decade which it must use to serve thousands of people expected to move to the city. All of Platte Countys cities also will try to use state and federal funds to supplement sales tax dollars for their transportation projects.
We leverage our money the best ways we can, said Duane Soper, 2nd District county commissioner.
Platte County officials point out they will complete all of the projects promised to residents during the first sales tax election. Weston, Riverside, Parkville, Farley and other small cities repaved roads, repaired ditches or built bridges with the sales tax revenue. Kansas City used much of its money for the crucial widening of Barry Road.
Supporting the 10-year expansion of the sales tax, plus issuing $20 million in bonds, would help the county carry out one of its top priorities: providing safer roads and bridges for all motorists.