Big-ticket KC projects: How today's election could impact you

Here are projects that both taxpayers and the private sector have taken on in the KC metro area. This video includes footage from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
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Here are projects that both taxpayers and the private sector have taken on in the KC metro area. This video includes footage from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
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Elections

Election road map: Your guide to the issues on today’s Kansas City ballot

By Max Londberg

jlondberg@kcstar.com

March 23, 2017 02:28 PM

Kansas Citians will head to the polls today to decide multiple ballot issues.

Voters will decide whether to approve the largest series of general obligation bond authorizations in city history. The majority of the $800 million in bonds would be put toward dozens of road, sidewalk and bridge projects scattered across all six City Council districts. The remainder — about $200 million — would address improving flood control and public buildings in the city and replacing its dilapidated animal shelter.

Also on April’s ballot is a  1/8 -cent sales tax proposal that would benefit economic development in the central part of the city, proponents say. There is also a proposal to reduce the punishment for marijuana possession. If passed, it would eliminate the possibility of serving jail time for those convicted of simple possession and would reduce the maximum fine from $500 to $25.

Read all of The Star’s coverage of the issues Kansas Citians will vote on next month, including analysis and a look at other regional and national elections.

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Question 1: Streets, sidewalks and bridges

The $150 million in planned sidewalk repairs on the April 4 election ballot would take homeowners off the hook for the cost of repairs, but the city will have to convince Kansas City voters the work is critical and can be done fairly across the ci

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Question 2: Flood control

Brookside resident Lea Murphy talks about dealing with serious flooding in her basement from torrential rains in recent years. The city is proposing an $800 million general obligation bond package on the April 4 ballot that includes $150 million f

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Question 3: Public buildings and structures

Teresa Johnson, CEO of KC Pet Project, gave a tour of the Kansas City Animal Shelter on Raytown Road in March 2017. Since then, KC has moved forward with building a new animal shelter in Swope Park.

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Question 4:  1/8 -cent sales tax

Advocates for a citywide one-eighth-cent sales tax on Kansas City’s April 4 ballot want to spur economic development along Prospect Avenue, a central city stretch that has been deteriorating for decades.

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Question 5: Marijuana punishment

On April 4, Kansas City voters could reduce penalties for marijuana possession to a $25 fine. What are the pros and cons?

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Analysis of the issues

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