Kansas City, Missouri, voters approved a sales-tax increase to benefit the city’s fire department by a margin of roughly 2,000 votes.
Voters approved a 1/2-cent sales tax, which replaces an existing 1/4-cent sales tax, that will boost KCFD’s budget by an estimated $21 million per year.
The money will be used to replace KCFD’s ambulance and firetruck fleet, renovate fire stations and buy “essential protective equipment,” according to the union. KCFD said infrastructure projects include the remodeling or rebuilding of 12 fire stations, construction of gender-neutral bathrooms, replacing the department’s radio system and improving its dispatching system.
Despite record unemployment and the threat of economic recession, many voters across the Kansas City area were feeling generous Tuesday during municipal elections that were delayed two months by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
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by Todd Palmer
June 02, 2020