The ability to respond to the increased calls for service has a direct impact on emergency outcomes. Services necessary to meet the safety needs of the community would be expanded.
Provide increased compensation to:
To purchase needed equipment and add personnel to increase emergency response capability and capacity.
If approved by voters, the public safety sales tax would go into effect October 1, 2022.
A public safety sales tax could exceed $10 million in revenue.
The revenue would be used to fund operations of the Police and Fire Departments and would include services, equipment, compensation and training.
No, it does not have a sunset.
The current City Council has pledged to continue funding public safety from the General Fund at current levels. The potential revenue generated by a public safety sales tax would be in addition to the current funding public safety already receives.
In Lee's Summit, the sales tax rate would increase from 7.85% to 8.35%.
The City receives 2.25%. Below is a breakdown of the distribution:
The current sales tax rate received to the City is 2.25%. If the proposed ballot question is approved, shoppers would pay $0.05 more on a $10 purchase.
The City's use tax rate will always be the same as Lee's Summit's sales tax rate.
Yes. A number of our neighboring cities such as Belton, Grandview, Independence, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Raymore, Raytown and Greenwood have a public safety sales tax.
When comparing Lee's Summit's sales tax rate to eight of our neighboring cities, Lee's Summit's sales tax rate of 7.85% is the lowest. If the public safety sale tax is approved by voters, our sales tax rate would be in the bottom third.
In a recent survey, residents said safety is what matters most and is the primary reason why people choose to live in Lee’s Summit. Additional funding allows the City to continue providing excellent service to residents today, meet future demands and protect a high quality of life.
Election day is April 5, 2022. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The deadline to register to vote is March 9, 2022.
Absentee requests for the April 5, 2022 election must be received by the Jackson County Election Board on or before March 23, 2022. https://jcebmo.org/voter-information/absentee-voting
For more information about voting visit https://jcebmo.org/voter-information/registration.
Shall the City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri impose a city sales tax of one-half percent (1/2%) for public safety purposes?
If this question is approved, the City of Lee's Summit would begin collecting a sales tax at the rate of one-half percent (1/2%) and the funds derived from the tax will fund municipal costs related to public safety for the citizens of Lee's Summit.