KC Chamber, Civic Council Endorse KCMO’s G.O. Bond Proposals
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City are today announcing the two organization’s support of Kansas City, Missouri’s three infrastructure bond proposals slated to go before the voters on April 4.
“The case for passage of the three questions is clear and compelling,” says KC Chamber Chair Karen Daniel. “The mayor, council, and city staff have put together a broad-based, fiscally-responsible proposal to deal with our most pressing infrastructure needs, including roads, streets, sidewalks, ADA accessibility in public buildings, flood control and more. The Chamber Executive Committee voted unanimously to support passage of the bonds.”
“In order for Kansas City to keep rising, we must address the city’s backlog of deferred maintenance,” says Scott Smith, Chair of the Civic Council. “The general obligation (GO) bond proposals do just that. In addition, with the promised annual ‘report card’ on projects accomplished and planned, transparency and accountability to city residents are built into the process.”
“The Chamber vote followed the unanimous recommendation of our KCMO Business Leadership Council, which has been looking at this issue for several months,” says Chamber President & CEO Joe Reardon. “In addition, we’ve appreciated the numerous presentations to both the Board and the Council on the issues from Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte, Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner, Finance Director Randy Landes, and other City officials. This has allowed us to thoroughly analyze the proposal and its impact on Kansas City’s growth and well-being. The three questions on the April 4 ballot deserve our support.”
Question 1 would authorize bonds of up to $600-million for streets, bridges, and sidewalks. Question 2 would authorize $150-million for flood control. Question 3 would authorize bonds of up to $50-million for improvements to public buildings, complying with federally-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act improvements. The measure would also fund a new animal shelter to replace the current decrepit facility.
The KC Chamber and the Civic Council encourage Kansas City, Missouri residents to vote ‘yes’ on Questions 1, 2, and 3 on April 4.