Ignore Johnson County: KC voters will make KCI decision
The Kansas City Star
Once again, Johnson Countians will be on the sidelines when a major decision is made about the future of the Kansas City area.
In this case, Kansas City voters will have the say over whether bonds are ever issued to help build the proposed $1.2 billion single terminal at Kansas City International Airport.
The bonds would be put on a Kansas City ballot, presumably sometime in the next few years.
And while KCI definitely is a regional asset - and while the users of KCI are split roughly 50-50 between Kansas and Missouri residents - only Kansas Citians will decide the fate of the bonds.
That’s why Mayor Sly James and other supporters of the single terminal have such a tough slog ahead of them: Lots of Kansas Citians, especially longtime residents, love the current KCI.
Previously, Johnson Countians didn’t have any say over whether this region would remain a major league town for baseball and football. After Johnson County voters almost a decade ago rejected a bistate tax to help pay for renovating the Truman Sports Complex, Jackson County voters stepped forward later to endorse a sales tax that’s helping to pay for those expenses.
And Johnson Countians weren’t involved at all in a recent effort to improve the Kansas City Zoo. Instead, a compact was formed on the Missouri side, and voters in Jackson and Clay counties approved a small sales tax increase to pay for the upgrades.
Johnson County continues to benefit from decisions being made on the Missouri side of the state line. Wish more Johnson Countians would recognize that fact, rather than too often sneering at what they perceive as a second-class part of this metropolitan area.