Zoo rewards Jackson, Clay countians with free admission on Tuesday

03/15/2014 5:56 PM

03/15/2014 5:56 PM

Thanks to their deserved support of a sales tax increase in 2011, residents of Jackson and Clay counties get free admission to the Kansas City Zoo from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Bring a photo ID.

It’s the first of four such days the zoo is offering in 2014 as a thank you to voters in both counties.

Improvements financed by the one-eighth-cent tax already have helped complete the Helzberg Penguin Plaza, and the funds are paying for other needed upgrades as well.

Plan ahead: The remaining free-admission days are set for June 24, July 15 and Aug. 5.

Oh, and Johnson Countians don’t get in for free that day because Kansas officials have not yet embraced a plan that could allow that county to vote on joining the Zoological District by passing a new sales tax to help finance the facility.

Meanwhile, Platte and Cass counties’ residents

were prevented by their county officials from embracing the sales tax increase in 2011, even though valid petitions were filed for the elections.

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