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Tax proposal faces
local voters on Tuesday
by Alan McArthur
The fate of a controversial local tax issue will be decided by voters next Tuesday, Aug. 4.
A proposal to renew a half-cent sales tax for parks and stormwater improvements will be on the ballot for voters to decide on.
The original half-cent sales tax was passed in 2000 and has allowed the county to acquire much acreage for parks and trails. The tax also paid for the construction of the two community centers as well as grants for park improvements and storm water improvements.
The current sales tax is projected to net the county around $60 million by the end of 2010. Platte County's auditor projects a renewed tax would net an additional $82 million over 10 years.
Brian Nowotny, parks and recreation director, has stated the department will focus on maintenance of the county's current facilities if the renewal passes.
Nowotny has also said the department will expand the amount of trails it currently has and also work to develop more of the land it currently owns into park areas.
The two community centers cost around $20 million together and will be fully paid for at the end of the current tax in 2010.
A group called “Yes for Parks” was started to help draw support for the proposed parks tax renewal. The group has created a Twitter account and also helped organize events to show support for the parks department.
Both the Republican and Democratic Central Committees passed resolutions recently opposing the half-cent sales tax renewal. In the resolutions, the committees were opposed to the half-cent sales tax, but did not rule out a possible lower tax rate.
Some opponents to the tax have stated in letters they would possibly support a parks tax at a rate lower than a half-cent.
Wendy Flanigan, director with the board of elections, said her office does not have an estimate for voter turnout. She said her office has not received a lot of absentee voter ballots and did not want to estimate a voter turnout percentage. Absentee voting began on June 23.
If the measure fails on the ballot, officials must wait one year before placing the issue on the ballot again.
The polling sites in the county will be open for voting on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those polling sites are:
1 Riverside: Riverside Community Center, 4498 NW High Dr., Riverside
2 Prairie Point: Prairie Point Elementary, 8101 NW Belvedere Pkwy, Kansas City
3 Northmoor: Riverside Community Center, 4498 NW High Dr., Riverside
4 Houston Lake: Wexford Place, 6500 N Cosby Ave., Kansas City
5 Parkville: Parkville Presbyterian Church, 819 Main St., Parkville
6 Par 4: Walnut Creek Clubhouse, 5502 Clubhouse Cove, Parkville
7 Platte Hills: Northwest Bible Church, 6520 NW 64th St., Kansas City
8 Platte Woods: Platte Woods Methodist Church, 7310 NW Prairie View Rd., Kansas City
9 Lake Waukomis: Lake Waukomis City Hall, 1147 NW South Shore Dr., Lake Waukomis
10 Weatherby Lake: Weatherby Lake Comm. Center, 8230 NW Potomac, Weatherby Lake
11 Embassy: Embassy Park Clubhouse, 5700 NW 82nd St., Kansas City
12 Farley: St. John's Lutheran Church, 98 Main St., Farley
13 Hampton West: South Platte Baptist Church, 7310 NW Hampton Rd., Kansas City
14 Platte City: First Baptist Church, 214 Ferrel St., Platte City
15 Hampton East: Northwest Bible Church, 6520 NW 64th St., Kansas City
16 Beverly: Platte Co. Fairgrounds, Mack Myers Bldg., 15730 Fairgrounds Rd., Platte City
17 Tracy: Platte Co. Fairgrounds, Mack Myers Bldg., 15730 Fairgrounds Rd., Platte City
18 Weston: American Legion Hall, 401 Blackhawk St., Weston
19 Weston: American Legion Hall, 401 Blackhawk St., Weston
20 Lakeview: American Legion Hall, 401 Blackhawk St., Weston
21 Dye: American Legion Hall, 401 Blackhawk St., Weston
22 Pisgah: American Legion Hall, 401 Blackhawk St., Weston
23 New Market: Dearborn Methodist Church, 106 S June St., Dearborn
24 Dearborn: Dearborn Methodist Church, 106 S June St., Dearborn
25 Edgerton: American Legion Hall, 503 Belt St., Edgerton
26 Ridgely: American Legion Hall, 503 Belt St., Edgerton
27 Camden Point: Camden Point Athletic Assoc., 1205 Third St., Camden Point
28 Settles Station: Platte Co. Fairgrounds, Mack Myers Bldg., 15730 Fairgrounds Rd., Platte City
29 Hoover: Hoover Christian Church, 15180 Hwy B, Platte City
30 Ferrelview: Ferrelview Christian Church, 117 Ona, Ferrelview
31 Mid-Continent: Ferrelview Christian Church, 117 Ona, Ferrelview
32 Tiffany Springs: Prairie Point Elementary, 8101 NW Belvedere Pkwy, Kansas City
33 Linkville: Ferrelview Christian Church, 117 Ona, Ferrelview
34 Barry East: Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 4005 NW Barry Rd., Kansas City
35 Northern Heights: Thomas Chinn Elementary, 7100 N Chatham St., Kansas City
36 Park Hill: Platte Woods Methodist Church, 7310 NW Prairie View Rd., Kansas City
37 Southeast: Wexford Place, 6500 N Cosby Ave., Kansas City
38 Line Creek: Line Creek Community Center, 5940 NW Waukomis Dr., Kansas City
39 Iatan: American Legion Hall, 401 Blackhawk, Weston
40 Barry North: Coves North Clubhouse, 8615 NW Waukomis Dr., Kansas City
41 Park Hill North: Pine Ridge Presbyterian, 7600 NW Barry Rd., Kansas City
42 Barry South: Coves Clubhouse, 8221 NW Overland Dr., Kansas City
43 Shiloh: Shiloh Springs Clubhouse, 14750 Fairway Ln., Platte City
44 Seven Bridges: Seven Bridges Clubhouse, 16970 NW Seven Bridges Rd., Platte City
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