Look before you vote

03/31/2014 10:12 PM

03/31/2014 10:12 PM

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.

Kansas City voters will see five issues on the ballot, including a change in the timing of city elections.

Typically, these April elections get less attention than those held in August and November of even-numbered years, when state, county and federal posts are up for consideration.

But don’t think these elections are not important. The people elected Tuesday will have a great deal of impact on the quality of life in your community and the vitality of your schools.

We can all think of instances where healthy cities and school districts took a step backward because the wrong people were voted into office.

In these pages you will find our election guide. Because of its focus on Jackson and Cass counties, the 816 newsmagazine can provide more detail about this election than other Kansas City media — with their wider reach — are able to offer.

Please vote on Tuesday and give our coverage a look before you go to the polls. Seek out information on your own, and look at endorsements from The Star’s editorial board. These appear on the editorial page of The Star, and at KansasCity.com.

For those of you in Lee’s Summit and Cass County, extensive coverage is also being provided — in print and online — by our sister publications, The Lee’s Summit Journal and The Cass County Democrat Missourian.

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