KC Voters Approve Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City voters overwhelmingly approved two revenue issues designed to improve the city’s infrastructure, parks and community centers.

Unofficial results show a half-cent sales tax increase passed Tuesday by a 63 percent to 37 percent margin.

The Kansas City Star reports the revenue raised will allow the city to create a fund specifically for street maintenance. Revenue will also be used to keep community centers open longer and provide more programs, and improve parks and playgrounds.

A measure to issue $500 million in bonds to modernize the city’s sewer system also passed, by a margin of 80 percent to 20 percent.

Sewer rates will double by 2020 to pay for those bonds, but city officials had said the rates would increase even more if the bond issue failed.

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