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.
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
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 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
Tri-County Mental Health Services
HOW COULD THIS AFFECT YOU?
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.