Voters around the Kansas City metro head to the polls Tuesday. Here's an overview of some of the issues on ballots in the area:
Question 1 asks voters to decide whether to raise the sales tax a half-cent to pay for medical research. The proposed plan would be targeted at translational medicine, which takes scientific research and turns it into a treatment. The tax would raise an estimated $800 million over 20 years. The money would be shared by UMKC, Children’s Mercy Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospitals.
The city of Blue Springs is asking voters to approve a permanent, half-cent sales tax to help pay for parks. It’s estimated to raise $3 million a year for the parks, including a new recreation center.
Clay County is considering whether to change the structure of its government. The proposed Clay County Constitution would convert the three-member County Commission into a seven-member council and make all elections non-partisan. It would also give Clay County home-rule.
Liberty School District
The Liberty District is proposing an increase in property taxes to pay for facilities and technology upgrades. The proposal increases the tax levy by $0.36 per $100 of assessed value.
Voters in Olathe aren’t heading to the polls on Tuesday, but they may be looking at a ballot anyway. A mail-in ballot on a proposed sales tax is due November 12. Voters are being asked to raise the city’s sales tax by three-eighths of a sent to help pay for street maintenance.