South KC Perspective
By John Sharp
KCMO has put two issues on the November 7 general election ballot that require approval by a majority of those voting for passage, and one of them will have a major impact on the entire city.
That issue will extend the current three-eighths cent city sales tax for transportation purposes that was approved by city voters in 2009 and expires on March 31, 2024, for ten years until March 31, 2034.
The ballot language reads in part, “Shall the City of Kansas City continue a city sales tax for the purpose of developing, operating, maintaining, equipping and improving a public bus transit system for Kansas City, pursuant to contract with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority”.
The other city issue will remove a small 5.399-acre tract of undeveloped wooded land with steep terrain that is divided by N. Cherry St. from the park system and allow its sale as surplus property through an open and public competition.
The small tract is generally located between N. Oak Trfwy. to the west and N. Holmes Rd.to the east and is north of NE 32nd Ter.
The Board of Parks & Recreation Commissioners on December 13, 2022, approved a resolution to allow removal of the tract from the park system since it was deemed no longer needed for park, parkway or boulevard use.
A local use tax proposed by Jackson County that also will be on the November ballot will be explained in the next issue.