April 2, 2013 City Election

"No-Tax Increase" 
General Obligation Bond Election

Ballot passed by voters.  See below for approval rating for each question.

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Voters were asked whether or not to approve funding on two questions. Funding is to be provided through the use of general obligation bonds. Approval of these projects will not increase the City's debt tax levy. 

2012 Property Tax Levy

Pie Chart Image City of LS 2012 Property Tax Levy. $8.9232. City of LS 17%, Broken down into the following: General Fund $0.9214, Parks $0.1629, Debt Service $0.4697


General Obligation Bond Facts

Image containing the following text: What is a No-Tax Increase Bond Issue? A no-tax bond issue is made possible when existing bond issues are paid off. As the debt increases, the City can issue new bonds, with voter approval, and pay them off over time within the current property tax levy. Thus, there is no need to increase the current property tax levy to pay the debt.



Question 1: Cultural Arts - Downtown Cultural Arts Campus and Legacy Park Amphitheater in the amount of $2.9M (results:  Yes: 4,100 No: 1,789)

 "Shall the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, issue its general obligation bonds in the amount of $2,898,000 for the purpose of constructing and rehabilitating public improvements for cultural arts, including improvements to the Legacy Park Amphitheater, rehabilitating the old downtown post office/city hall building, and creating a downtown outdoor performance and festival space?"

The proposed improvements were based on the 2007 Cultural Arts Plan and 2012 Cultural Facilities Master Plan. The proposed improvements were supported by goals in the Quality of Life Key Performance Area of the strategic visioning document LS360: Charting Tomorrow, and the Mayor’s Cultural Facilities Task Force.

Legacy Amphitheater Improvements:  Enhancements to the existing permanent performance and entertainment venue for all ages that include:

  • Stage
  • Backstage support facilities
  • Box office
  • Restrooms
  • Sound and lighting support facilities
  • Fencing/sound control

Cultural Arts Campus Downtown:  The campus vision is the preservation and rehabilitation of a former post office/city hall at 220 S Main, for use as:

  • An interpretive historical center to tell our City’s story 
  • An open air festival plaza and public performance space behind the historic building


Question 2: Road Improvements - Orchard Street and Pryor Road Improvements in the amount of $4.6M (Results: Yes: 4,451 No: 1,370)

"Shall the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, issue its general obligation bonds in the amount of $4,600.000 for the purpose of constructing road improvements and sidewalks, including rehabilitating existing road improvements, constructing sidewalks, curbs and enclosed storm drainage facilities for Orchard Street and paved shoulders for Pryor Road?"

By implementing road improvements, the City will enhance safety of the roads and neighborhoods. The addition of

Generic image of Pryor Road.

shoulders and sidewalks will support multi-modal transportation options.

  • Pryor Road Improvements:  Pryor Road spans a little more than two miles when traveling from Longview Road to Hook Road and has grass shoulders. The proposed plan calls for six-foot wide paved shoulders on each side of Pryor Road.

Paved shoulders provide improved safety for vehicles and individuals walking, jogging or biking by allowing for room to share the road.

Vehicles can safely pull to the side of the road in case of emergency or the need to make a temporary stop.

The shoulders will reduce the overall maintenance costs to the City from the current grass shoulders, which require mowing and repairing ruts.

Generic image of Orchard Street.

  • Orchard Street Improvements:   Reconstruction to accommodate the addition of sidewalks, enclosed storm water sewers, curbs and gutters on Orchard Street.

Connectivity will be built with safer travel to schools, parks, and neighborhoods through the sidewalk and new road infrastructure on Orchard Street.