Ten years ago, the Platte County Commissioners put forward a list of roads that would be upgraded and bridges that would be replaced.
Unfortunately, no list has been presented this time.
Plus, ten years ago, the Commission met with numerous groups to receive input on the amount of the tax. Unfortunately, this did not happen when spending these road tax monies.
Let the current 3/8 cent sales tax dedicated to just roads expire.
Split a new 3/8 cent sales tax to pay for BOTH the emergency radios and fund roads.
Ten years ago, a 3/8th cent sales tax was approved to bring roads and bridges in Platte County up to desirable standards.
The roads needed it ten years ago.
Now two of our three County Commissioners - Beverlee Roper and Duane Soper - voted to put the renewal of this 3/8ths cent sales tax on the April ballot without a plan as to how the money will be spent.
Because of this sales tax for the roads, the park tax, and several others, Platte County has the highest sales tax in the Kansas City metro.
Zona Rosa has a higher tax rate than the Plaza.
This hurts local businesses and makes living and working in Platte County more expensive than other areas of the metropolitan area.
Due to a Federal mandate, Platte County has contracted to purchase a new emergency radio system that costs approximately $10 million - with no dedicated funds to pay for them.
The County Commissioners plan to ask for a new tax in August to pay for the new radio system - threatening higher property taxes if this one isn't passed.
The Green Dragon Conservatives are a group of your neighbors concerned with responsible governance in Platte County. Formed in 2009, we host educational events ranging on local and national politics and economic education. Our goal is to elect and hold accountable elected officials that will tirelessly work to make Platte County an attractive place to live and work through low taxes and responsible fiduciary management.