On Tuesday, Nov. 7, voters in Kansas City, Missouri will be asked to renew the 3/8-cent sales tax that supports approximately 30% of the current bus service in the city — including special paratransit services for those who are elderly or disabled. Currently these services are zero fare, providing a much-needed economic boost to households in need. Ballot language states:
Shall the City of Kansas City continue a city sales tax for the purpose of developing, operating, maintaining, equipping and improving a public bus transit system for Kansas City, pursuant to contract with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, as authorized by Section 94.605 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri at a rate of 3/8% for a period of 10 years?
It’s urgent that voters renew this tax well before it expires to avoid any gap in funding. KCMO funds the vast majority of bus service in the region. While more service is needed, this tax provides a baseline for future expansion as well as transportation support for the 2026 World Cup.
The editorial board of the Kansas City Star agrees.
Please vote YES for Question 1 on Tuesday, Nov. 7! If you’re unable to vote in person, early voting is available now. Check your local election board for details and sample ballots:
- Kansas City Election Board – https://www.kceb.org/elections/
- Clay County Election Board – https://www.voteclaycountymo.gov/sample-ballots
- Platte County Board of Elections – https://www.plattemovotes.org/