On April 8, Lee’s Summit voters will have the opportunity to take the first step in improving one of the most congested areas of the city at Missouri 291 South and US-50.
Through the use of a $10 million no tax-increase bond and additional federal and state funds, we can improve traffic flow for more than 100,000 vehicles a day and enhance the potential for redevelopment in the area with a new interchange. As Lee’s Summit pays down debt, it can reissue new debt in the form of bonds to fund necessary improvements without increasing the property tax levy. But what if the election were to fail, wouldn’t that lower our taxes? Well, sure, by about $3.80 for a $200,000 home each year for the next couple of years, or a penny a day. However, supporting the bond will bring the potential for new commercial and industrial employment centers to the tax rolls that will provide significant short- and long-term benefits for the community. Plus, those who live, shop or work in the area would have a quicker commute.
With only a contested council race in three districts and this interchange on the ballot, the lines won’t be long, but the impact on our future could not be greater. Join us April 8 and vote “yes” on Question 1.
Brian Whitley, Ed Cockrell,