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April 4, 2017 Election

April Election Handout

City of Lee’s Summit voters were asked to consider several questions as part of the April 4, 2017 ballot initiative.  All of the questions can be broken out into three categories:  1) City Charter Amendments (Questions 1–12);  2) Capital Improvements Sales Tax Continuation (Tax Renewal Question "A") and the final question 3) Recall District 4 Councilmember Christopher Moreno (Question No. 13) for District 4 voters only.

1. City Charter Amendments

Lee's Summit's City Charter is the core document that defines the organization, powers, functions, and essential procedures of city government, comparable to the Constitution of the United States or Missouri's State Constitution.  Originally adopted by voters in 1996, any changes or amendments to the Charter must be approved by voters.

The Charter requires that at least once every 10 years the City Council appoint a group of citizens, known as the Charter Review Commission, to review the Charter and recommend to the voters any proposed amendments. The first Charter Review Commission convened in 2006 and six amendments were considered and approved by voters in 2007.

The second Charter Review Commission, comprised of 12 citizen members, began meeting in January of 2016.  After nearly a year of deliberation, the Commission proposed 12 amendments to be placed on the ballot for voter consideration in April of 2017.  Read more.

2. Capital Improvement Sales Tax Continuation

The City of Lee’s Summit asked voters to consider whether or not to continue the ½-Cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax for a period of 15 years (2018-2033). Funds generated from continuing this sales tax will provide for road, transportation-related, and stormwater projects. The Capital Improvements Sales tax was originally approved by voters in 1997 and continued by voters in 2007.  Read more.

3. Recall Petition - District 4 only

The City of Lee's Summit was petitioned by registered voters of District 4 for the recall of District 4 Councilmember Christopher Moreno in conformance with the Charter for the City of Lee's Summit.  A recall petition requires at least thirty percent of the total number of votes cast for the office in which the councilmember was elected, thereby requiring 524 valid signatures in order to constitute a sufficient petition. The petition was certified by the Jackson County Board of Election Commissioners as containing 621 valid signatures from registered voters in District 4, a sufficient number to place the question on the April 4, 2017 ballot.  This issue appeared on the ballot as Question No. 13 only for voters in District 4.  Read more.