South KC Chamber Supports Renewal of Capital Improvements Sales Tax

26 Mar 2018 3:11 PM | Vickie Wolgast (Administrator)

The South Kansas City Chamber Board of Directors has voted to support the renewal of the 1% capital improvements sales tax, which will be on the April 3, 2018 ballot. Question 1 will renew the existing 1% capital improvements sales tax to help us pay for the maintenance of Kansas City’s critical infrastructure components like streets, bridges, sidewalks, curbs, flood control, and more.

This is not a new tax. We are simply renewing the existing tax at the same rate. Failing to renew it means that hundreds of millions of dollars in other taxes will have to be raised to prevent valuable projects from being cut, including neighborhood improvements, street repairs, and maintaining critical parts of Kansas City’s infrastructure.

Here's what's included in this tax: 

35% of the sales tax receipts are designated for neighborhood improvements and those funds are equally divided among city council districts at the recommendation of the Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC) and city council.

At least 25% of the sales tax receipts are for street repairs and construction. The remainder can be used for maintenance of other city assets and for other capital improvements, including the city’s share of the costs for the replacement of the Buck O’Neil Bridge.

Why are we spending money on the Buck O'Neil Bridge?

The Buck O’Neil Bridge, also known as the Broadway Bridge, is in disrepair and is frequently congested during busy traffic periods. Building a new bridge will give us a solution that will last 75 years, have more lanes, and will safely connect Highway 169 to I-35 without having to stop at a light in downtown. By using capital improvements tax money we can pay for the new bridge without having to create a new tax, place a toll on the bridge, or shut it down for two years while we work on it.

Find more information about why we need to vote YES on Question 1 on April 3rd at

South KC Chamber of Commerce

406 E. Bannister Road, Suite F
Kansas City, MO 64131-3028

Phone: (816) 761-7660
Fax: (816) 761-7340





South Kansas City is one of the fastest growing areas in the KCMO metropolitan area. Millions of investment dollars are being spent in this region, which makes it a prime location for businesses to grow and prosper. 

The South KC Chamber is dedicated to working with KCMO's city leadership, our business members, and local community organizations to create a positive, growth-oriented business environment in South Kansas City. We would love to support your company's growth too! 


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