Proposition A: Vote Tuesday, November 8

  • Your vote counts! Clay County voters have an important decision on the ballot on Tuesday, November 8. Be an informed voter.

     

    WHAT IS PROPOSITION A?


    Commercial property owners in Clay County currently pay a surtax of $1.59 per $100 of assessed valuation of their overall property taxes. Homeowners do not pay a surtax. 

    The Clay County Commission voted 2-1 to propose a 10% reduction of the surtax to $1.44 per $100 of assessed valuation. This change would only benefit commercial property owners (less than 4% of Clay County), NOT homeowners in Clay County nor most small business owners.

     

    The Greatest Impact: $1.7m Cut infographic


    WHAT ORGANIZATIONS WOULD BE IMPACTED?


    Many important services receive funding through the current surtax. As needs throughout the community increase, these valuable organizations would collectively lose approximately $1.7 million! Positions would be cut and jobs lost. Organizations that would be impacted include:

    City Fire Departments & EMS
    Law Enforcement
    Road Districts
    Clay County Public Health Center
    City of Excelsior Springs
    Excelsior Springs School District
    City of Gladstone
    City of Kansas City, Missouri
    City of Kearney
    Kearney School District
    City of Liberty
    Liberty Hospital
    Liberty Public Schools

    Mid-Continent Public Library
    City of North Kansas City
    North Kansas City Hospital
    North Kansas City Library
    NKC Parks & Recreation
    North Kansas City Schools
    City of Pleasant Valley
    City of Smithville
    Smithville School District
    Synergy Services
    Tri-County Mental Health Services


     

     

    HOW COULD THIS AFFECT YOU?

     

    explanation that tax burden could shift to residents

     

    BE INFORMED


    Our county has been and continues to be one of the fastest growing in Missouri. There is no evidence a surtax reduction is needed to attract economic growth. Good schools fuel great communities. Social services are imperative to thriving societies.

    The surtax rate that supports schools, cities, law enforcement, roads, etc. has not changed since the 1980s, while Clay County's population and demand for services has increased by over 120,000 residents. 

    Proposition A would cut services so that only a few businesses could benefit, ultimately shifting the tax burden to the backs of residents.

    Vote November 8.

     

     

    THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED COURTESY OF CLAY COUNTY TAXING JURISDICTIONS.