Health Levy

Health
12:37 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Voters Renew Health Levy, Strike Down Anti-Nuke Measure

Kansas City Mayor Sly James takes the podium at Union Station, to commend yesterday's election results. Truman Medical Center CEO, John Bluford, sits to his left, preparing to make his remarks.
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Voters in Kansas City, Missouri, struck down a measure in Tuesday's election that would have prohibited the city from giving incentives to companies that make parts for nuclear weapons. Voters lent their support, on the other hand, to renewing a property tax that funds neighborhood health clinics, ambulance services and Truman Medical Center. Voters also favored a ballot measure requiring that most nonprofits pay an existing city hotel convention tax.

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Health
1:23 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Health Tax Renewal Goes Before Voters Tuesday

Northland Health Care Access is one of several health clinics that receives funding through the temporary health levy. The levy, up for a renewal vote on Tuesday, also funds ambulance services and care for the uninsured at Truman Medical Centers.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Kansas City has long supported health services for people without insurance or a means to pay. This is primarily done through a health levy, or property tax, that brings in about $50 million annually. A portion of that tax will soon expire. Renewing it is now up for a popular vote this Tuesday. It’s Question 1 on the ballot. Despite all the contention around health policies and spending right now, there doesn’t appear to be much opposition to the local measure.

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Health
3:53 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Proponents Of City Health Tax Renewal Form Campaign

Dr. Shadrach Smith, an internal medicine physician at Truman Medical Center, spoke in support of renewing the city health levy at Monday’s campaign kickoff.
Credit Elana Gordon / KCUR

Efforts to renew Kansas City’s health levy went into full gear today. A renewal of the temporary property tax is up for a vote next month, and proponents want it reinstated for another nine years.

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Health
8:11 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Full Council To Take Up Health Levy Today

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Kansas City’s health levy has long funded ambulance services and other care for residents without insurance or a means to pay. A portion of that levy is temporary, and it expires next year.

While much has changed since the levy was first introduced, city leaders and proponents of the tax are pushing to renew that temporary portion for nine more years. The full council is slated to take up the proposed renewal later today, and doing so could pave the way for a popular vote on the tax this spring.

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Headlines
8:19 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kansas City leaders look at the role of the city health care tax, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and House GOP leaders negotiate over workplace discrimination and workers’ comp bills, and more.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Health
3:47 pm
Sun April 15, 2012

City's Health Care Tax Under Review

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Residents of Kansas City have long financed public health, ambulance and indigent health services through a property tax which last year, brought in nearly $50 million.

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