Kansas City Puts $3 Million to Fix Worst Roads

Kansas City plans to fix its worst streets with the new income generated from the sales tax increase. Photo Courtesy of Creative Commons

Voters have approved a new half-cent sales tax, and Kansas City plans to dedicate the tax income to the city’s parks and community centers. It will also free up other money that used to go to parks and now will be earmarked for street maintenance.

The sales tax, approved August 7, takes effect in January and is expected to generate about $3 million more than the city had budgeted through the end of the fiscal year, April 30. The city will front the money for street maintenance this fall, then pay those funds back after the sales tax money starts to flow.

With that $3 million, City Manager Troy Schulte said the city should be able to resurface an additional 30 miles.

“We’ll fix the worst streets that residents drive the most,” he said.

The city has a list of more than 20 major roadway projects, in every geographic sector, scheduled for repairs.

Read more at Kansas City Star.

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