Cass County commissioners have opted to move forward with dissolving an underperforming taxing district that had been created seven years ago to help pay for road improvements around Cass Regional Medical Center.
The commission voted unanimously on a resolution July 27 to approve an agreement to terminate the hospital interchange transportation development district. The commissioners’ vote came more than a week after aldermen in the city of Harrisonville passed a similar resolution.
The county and the city are two parties that entered into an agreement with the hospital interchange TDD in 2013. According to an amended agreement, the district’s board of directors voted to begin the process of terminating the taxing district due to lack of growth and inability to complete its project due to lack of funds. The board consists of Harrisonville Mayor Brian Hasek, Presiding Commissioner Jeff Cox and Theron Swigart.
According to the 2013 agreement, tax revenue from the district was supposed to help the county and city fund several road improvement projects, including a diamond interchange with roundabouts along U.S. 71 and a new bridge connecting Rock Haven Road and Peculiar Drive. The district had been created in 2010.
According to the agreement, the county and the city will be required to pay $12,500 each to cover their own portions of the costs of the district.
In other business, the Cass County Commission also did the following during its July 27 meeting:
▪ Passed a resolution approving an agreement between the Cass County Health Department and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for public health emergency preparedness.
▪ Received assessed valuation reports for Cass County Road and Bridge and Cass County.
▪ Heard a presentation of the county’s 2016 audit by KPM CPAs and Advisors.