Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Supports the Continuation of the Capital Improvements Sales Tax

The Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street board of directors has endorsed the proposed continuation of the half-cent Capital Improvements (CIP) Sales Tax, which will be on the April 4th municipal ballot.

The current half-cent Capital Improvement Sales tax was initially approved by voters in 1997 for a period of 10 years (1998-2008), and was continued in 2007 for an additional 10 years (2008-2018). The funds generated by this sales tax can be used for capital improvements only.

The proposed projects that would be made possible by the half-cent sales tax that have a direct impact on downtown Lee’s Summit include 3rd Street reconstruction from M-291 to Green Street (east) and Jefferson Street to US 50 (west), Douglas Street reconstruction from 2nd Street to Chipman, Independence Avenue reconstruction from Chipman to 5th Street, and the construction of an additional downtown parking garage. Additional projects include road reconstruction, streetlight upgrades and additions, residential curb replacement, sidewalks, storm water infrastructure improvements, and much more throughout the community. (A detailed project list and map can be found here.)

“The investment into the infrastructure at the heart of our city is vital for the continued growth and success of the entire Lee’s Summit community,” stated Lynn Hinkle, president of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Board of Directors. “The entire list of improvements will help ensure that Lee’s Summit continues to be one of the best cities to live, work and play.”

This is a continuation of an existing tax and is not a new tax or tax increase. The current tax is set to expire on March 2018. This renewal would be for a 15 year period (2018-2033).

More information on the April 4, 2017 election, including the proposed half-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax Continuation, can be found here: