Kansas City voters will go to the polls in 11 days to cast ballots on one widely known issue – Continuation of the Earnings Tax – and one much less publicized vote – openings on the School Board of the Kansas City Public Schools. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, April 5.
Voters will be asked, Shall the earnings tax of 1%, imposed by the City of Kansas City, be continued for a period of five (5) years commencing January 1 immediately following the date of this election? YES NO
The Downtown Council endorses and strongly supports the 2016 Kansas City’s 1% Earnings Tax Renewal. The tax generates approximately $230 million for basic services including fire, ambulance, and police services and it represents a major component of the City’s general fund.
The DTC believes that non-renewal would have major negative impacts on those and other basic services, and that an effective regional taxing mechanism is needed to sustain the positive momentum of Kansas City’s development and to grow a healthy and diverse economy. Earnings tax revenues have enabled Kansas City to experience growth in business, housing and citizen satisfaction.
KCPS School Board
Three school board seats – Sub-Districts 1, 3 and 5 – will go before the voters on April 5. None of the seats have candidates on the ballot, but one Downtown leader is running as a write-in candidate for the Sub District 3 seat in northern Downtown.
John Fierro, President/CEO of the Mattie Rhodes Center, wants to apply his passion and experience to building a better Downtown and Kansas City, Missouri. Fierro has chosen to run as a write-in candidate for the Sub-District 3 seat that expires in 2009. Voters will have to write-in (literally) the correct spelling of John Fierro and fill in the oval space next to his name in order to validate the vote.
“The School Board needs new members who are willing to refocus the KCPS administration on the mission of educating students, providing the appropriate resources for our administrators and teachers, as well as convening the support of our surrounding community,” said Fierro, a resident of the Westside. “If I am elected to the School Board, I will do that.”
Fierro says he would elevate the school board discussion in order to build bridges and empower business and property owners, managers and residents with this important opportunity.
Registered voters in Kansas City, Missouri, may cast ballots from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, April 5.