Kansas City’s 1 percent earnings tax got some positive traction — but also some pushback — in this week’s Monday Poll.
The tax raises about $230 million a year.
Here are the results to the unscientific poll, based on about 600 responses.
1) Mayor Sly James is correct: Kansas City voters should have the power to decide whether the tax will be renewed for five more years at an April 5 city election.
Agree strongly 70%
Disagree strongly 18%
2) Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a Columbia Republican, is correct in wanting the city to stop levying this local income tax.
Agree strongly 30%
Disagree strongly 57%
3) Collecting an earnings tax is a good way to make sure everyone pays for city services that can benefit them — especially police and fire protection.
Agree strongly 48%
Disagree strongly 27%
4) Instead of imposing an earnings tax, City Hall should tighten its belt, get rid of lower priority expenses and find other revenue sources to pay for essential services.
Agree strongly 35%
Disagree strongly 39%