The largest requested tax increase in almost 25 years in Jackson County has received the most public attention in recent weeks, and for good reasons. But a few other important issues also are on today’s local ballots in Missouri.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Here are The Star’s recommendations on several Missouri-side questions and on one mail-in item in Olathe. The Olathe mailed ballots are due in the Johnson County Election Office by noon on Nov. 12.
Question 1: Imposes a half-cent sales tax for 20 years to promote economic development. Establishes a medical research and development institute in collaboration with and governed by an independent board composed of Children’s Mercy Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute and Jackson County, that would create health care-related jobs in the county and develop medical cures and discoveries for human diseases. — NO
Question: Imposes a permanent half-cent sales tax to improve parks, including construction of a community recreation center. — YES
Question: Adopts the proposed county constitution drafted by the Clay County Constitution Commission which was authorized by the Nov. 6, 2012, election. — YES
Liberty School District
Question: Authorizes a 36-cent property tax increase per $100 of assessed valuation to expand schools, upgrade technology and make other improvements to facilities. — YES
Question: Imposes a three-eighths-cent sales tax increase for 10 years to improve city streets. — YES