Look before you vote

Across our two counties on Tuesday, residents will be choosing their school board representatives, city council members and aldermen. A number of financial issues are on the ballot, too, from school bond issues to sales and property taxes.

Wal-Mart fight is backdrop to Raytown charter election

This is not the first time the city has tried to write a charter. The question also was voted on in 1962, 1967, 1997 and 2005. The question was approved each time, but voters later turned down the charter proposals that resulted.

Kansas City seeks voter approval for $500 million in water bonds

Kansas City is seeking voter approval to issue up to $500 million in revenue bonds, to continue modernizing the water system. Water officials say the money is needed over the next 10 years to make critical upgrades and repairs to aging and break-prone water mains and other water assets. The city could borrow the money at historically low interest rates, and the money would be paid back with already-scheduled water rate increases.

Two-term mayor has a challenger in Greenwood

Scott Hogsett says Mayor Marvin Megee has served long enough, and notes controversies over pardons, police firings and settled lawsuits. Megee defends his actions and says Greenwood’s finances vastly improved on his watch.