Kansas City voters approved $800 million in bonds in April 2017 to fund a capital improvements program for streets, sidewalks, flood control and other infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. Even though you’re not likely to give infrastructure much more than a passing thought, you can easily spot the signs all around you. It’s the sidewalk that you walk on or the bridges that you cross. It’s the park where your children play or even the building that shelters animals in distress.
These projects form the foundation for a Capital Improvement Program and Kansas City is building one of the very best in the country.
Capital improvement projects may include new construction or renovation of city buildings, reconstruction of streets, repairing or constructing sidewalks as well as making public areas ADA compliant. These long-deferred projects will be easy to recognize because they will carry the GO KC brand.
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Media Reports about GO KC projects
The City Council passed an ordinance placing an $800 million infrastructure repair plan on the April 4, 2017 ballot, seeking resident approval for a comprehensive capital improvements program. The program would use revenue created by issuing approximately $40 million in General Obligation (GO) bonds each year for 20 years.
Answers to frequently asked questions was presented to voters before the election.
Capital Improvements Program
ESTIMATED TAXPAYER IMPACT:
$100,000 PERSONAL PROPERTY
How did we calculate the taxpayer impact examples?
This information shows the assumptions and the impact on a total tax bill:
- Average property owner:
– $140,000 home (market value)
– $15,000 auto (market value)
- Current total tax bill* (all taxing jurisdictions) – $2,680 (Year 1)
- Future total tax bill (all taxing jurisdictions) – $2,840 (Year 20)
- Average annual increase for 20-year program:
– $8 per year; or
– 0.3% per year
- Program assumptions:
– City’s total assessed valuation increases 1.5% per year.
– Existing debt levy rate is held constant through fiscal 2028.
– Bonds are issued $40 million a year.
– Interest rates on bonds sold average 5%.
*Assumes hypothetical total combined property tax levy of $8.00 per $100 of assessed valuation. Actual total levy will vary by location, school district, etc. Projected tax impact is not affected by actual total levy.
A companion resolution has been approved by the City Council. It outlines specifics of the process for prioritizing projects through the existing Citywide Five-Year Capital Improvements Plan, as well as the annual reporting requirements for the program. View the list and map of possible street and bridge projects (list/big map | list/printable map) submitted with the resolution.
Projects are prioritized based on several factors, including those that: are shovel-ready, already in the current Five-Year Capital Improvements Plan, leverage grants or private resources, promote new development, improve public safety and/or address state or federal mandates.
Read the news release.
To review the public debate on this issue, please see these presentations and meetings: