Ballot Briefing: KCI airport vote tops ballot issues across Missouri

The fate of a proposed overhaul of Kansas City International Airport is the biggest issue on any local ballot as Missouri voters head to the polls Tuesday, but residents elsewhere in the state will cast votes on a variety of other issues.

Here’s a rundown of some local ballot issues of note:

Kansas City

Residents will be asked to replace Kansas City International Airport’s three horseshoe-shaped terminals, built in the 1970s, with a new, privately financed, single-terminal layout. There is no tax increase involved in the $1 billion project, which would be built and operated exclusively with money from airlines, passengers and other airport users.

Two other ballot questions call for removal of small parcels of unneeded land from the park system.

St. Louis

Voters will decide whether to approve a half-cent sales tax increase to give the city’s police officers and firefighters a raise. If the measure is approved, the city’s existing sales tax rate would go from 9.2 to 9.7 percent.

Southwest Missouri

Greene County voters will be asked to approve a 1/2-cent general revenue sales tax hike.

Springfield voters will also decide whether to renew a city property tax.


Voters in Columbia, Ashland, Harrisburg and Boone County will decide on sales tax measures.

If voters approve all the measures Tuesday, Columbia and Ashland shoppers would pay total city and county use taxes on purchases from out-of-state companies. 3.75 percent, while those in Harrisburg would pay 2.75 percent. Those in unincorporated areas would pay the county use tax of 1.75 percent.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Springfield News Leader, Columbia Missourian


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