The Kansas City Fire Department is seeking voter approval Aug. 5 for a 20-year renewal of its quarter-cent fire safety sales tax. The tax doesn’t expire until Dec. 31, 2016, but fire officials say they need approval now to help with long-range planning. The money would be used to pay salaries for about 100 firefighters, plus some fleet upgrades.
Raymore Municipal Judge Stacey Lett is seeking to unseat Associate Circuit Judge Meryl Lange, whose Division 3 seat is on the Cass County ballot. Both are Republicans, and the winner will run unopposed in November.
The required two-thirds majority has proved a hurdle for Peculiar’s proposed 1-cent fuel tax, which missed the threshold by only a few votes in April. Much of the revenue would come from outsiders, including those who fill up at the Flying J Travel Plaza.
Residents living in part of Kansas City south of the Missouri River go to the polls Aug. 5 to decide on a new taxing district that could ultimately expand the streetcar system beyond downtown. If the district passes, voters will decide on specific tax increases in November.
Officials in the Cass County city of Peculiar say the proposed annexations would ensure orderly development and growth, and also secure a southern boundary for future expansion. Sioux Chief Manufacturing opposes the annexation of its property.
The century-old Thacher Elementary School, next to Northeast Middle School, is boarded up and fire damaged. Kansas City Public Schools would prefer that it be razed and the ground be used for fields and parking after the middle school reopens this fall, but it gave neighbors six months to find a developer and a viable plan.
The Blue Hills neighborhood is raising money for day care provider, whose vision was to buy and rehab three houses near her business, Luv Does Matter. An arson fire damaged one house badly enough that it will be razed.
Lee’s Summit district bus driver Rudy Rhodes recognized as Missouri’s driver of the year. He started the Book Buddies program at Prairie View Elementary School where he and other drivers spend time with the students weekly on a rotating basis.