Several area communities asked voters Tuesday to raise taxes and and receive more amenities in return, and voters were mostly in a receptive mood. And Excelsior Springs agreed to restrict smoking.
By BRIAN BURNES
The Kansas City Star
• Excelsior Springs: City voters embraced the idea of placing more restrictions on smoking. The proposal, which applies to enclosed workplaces and enclosed public spaces, won 60 percent of the vote. Officials have said that work can now begin on a specific ordinance.
• Platte County: County residents decided to renew a sales tax for roads and bridges for another 10 years, with 57 percent of voters saying yes. Proceeds from the three-eighths-cent tax will pay off $20 million in bonds for transportation and infrastructure, which also won approval.
• Lee’s Summit: The city made progress in its quest to enhance the arts scene and thereby boost economic development. Voters approved a $2.9 million bond issue to finish the Legacy Park amphitheater, to renovate a historic post office for a historical museum and to build an outdoor festival space at the rear of the museum. The 69 percent approval exceeded the four-sevenths majority needed.
More than 76 percent of voters approved a separate question seeking $4.6 million for infrastructure.
• North Kansas City: With almost 63 percent of the vote, residents approved a property tax increase to add almost $200,000 every year to the parks department’s operating budget. The city’s park levy had not been raised in more than 25 years, supporters had said.
• Parkville: Voters narrowly refused to impose a 1.5 percent local use tax on cars purchased across the state line in Kansas. The Missouri Supreme Court last year said local governments couldn’t continue charging sales tax on vehicles purchased out of state. A slim majority of 50.65 percent opposed the measure.
• Pleasant Hill: Almost 75 percent of voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax that will finance a new $2 million aquatic center. The city’s existing pool has significant maintenance issues and will not open this summer.