KC's ballot language gets specific
The Kansas City Star
The City Council on Thursday is poised to pass ballot language for the Aug. 7 elections.
Question 1 got all the attention at today’s council business session, for good reason.
As council member Russ Johnson pointed out to his colleagues, they had to “be careful” because “we’re enacting law” with the ballot language - as long as voters approve Question 1, of course.
So what would that do?
The council decided Thursday to put things in bullet points. The prime promises were that the council would “prohibit the renewal” of the annual already expired $12.50 vehicle license fee, stop collection of three different property taxes worth $10.5 million a year, impose a new half-cent sales tax, and create a dedicated street maintenance fund.
It’s a long ballot issue. But it also carries out the promise by this council to tell people what they’re going to get if they approve a higher sales tax.
Question 2’s ballot language was far simpler to handle; no changes were made in the proposed language.
It would authorize issuing $500 million in sewer bonds to improve the city’s wastewater system. Sewer rates will go up by double-digits for at least a decade to pay for the repairs.