LS voters approve $7.5 million in bonds

rpulley@lsjournal.comApril 3, 2013 

Lee’s Summit voters on April 2 approved bond issues for cultural arts facilities and road improvements by wide margins.

The nearly $2.9 million for cultural arts facilities passed 4,100 to 1,789 votes or about 69.6 percent, in unofficial returns. Those bonds will pay for improving the city amphitheater, renovating a 1939 post office planned to be home for the Lee’s Summit Historical Society Museum and a downtown festival venue.

The $4.6 million bond package for rebuilding Orchard Street and adding shoulders to Pryor Road passed by 4,511 to 1,370 or about 76.7 percent.

Passage required four-sevenths majorities, 57 percent for each question.

“It’s an affirmation our city is ready to enter a progressive new era and to maintain the quality of life we’ve established in Lee’s Summit,” said Brad Cox, co-chair of Foundations for Our Future, a committee formed to campaign for the bonds.

Councilmember Allan Gray said it was a tremendous step for Lee’s Summit “to solidly embrace arts and culture as a priority and need.”

The post office is to proposed as home for the Lee’s Summit Historical Society Museum, although that decision is dependent on the group providing the city with an acceptable plan for operating expenses such as utilities.

Repaying the bonds won’t require a tax-increase, although residents will forgo small tax rollbacks as debt issued earlier is repaid.

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