Search Press Releases

Press Release Archive

Press Releases

  |   Views: 12681

August No-Tax-Increase Bond Issue to Fund Public Safety Improvements

On Aug. 6, 2019, Lee’s Summit voters will be asked to consider a $19,475,000 no-tax-increase bond question to fund various public safety initiatives. The general obligation bonds would fund the construction of two new fire stations and purchase of fire apparatus; police body-worn cameras and in-car audio and video recording systems; Police/Court facility renovations; and network infrastructure.

This ballot question would not raise taxes, but authorizes the City to reissue debt at the current debt levy to address capital needs. The current property tax levy is $1.51540 per $100 of assessed value. Of that, the debt service is $0.4697 per $100 of assessed value, which the City has maintained since 2007.

Approval of the ballot question would provide funding to purchase an additional fire apparatus, build a new Fire Station No. 4 and a new Fire Station No. 5. Fire Station No. 4, located at 404 NE Woods Chapel Rd., was built in 1976. Fire Station No. 5, located at 3650 SW Windemere Dr., was built in 1980. Both stations have reached capacity and are unable to expand at their current locations. The stations lack separate sleeping quarters, bathroom facilities and locker rooms for men and women; a decontamination area, which minimizes exposure hazards; and space for proper training.

The bond issue would also fund security and operational improvements at the Police/Court facility as well as body-worn cameras and a new in-car video system. The Police Department currently has four body-worn cameras in use and its in-car video system is outdated. Approval of the ballot question would fund 140 body-worn cameras for all patrol officers and 42 in-car audio and video systems, increasing transparency and meeting new technological needs. Today, courts and prosecutors rely on video and audio technology to improve evidentiary outcomes. The building renovations would enhance security and public access, improve operational efficiency and provide separate lockers and restrooms for men and women.

The City currently uses aerial fiber to connect several facilities, including Police Headquarters, City Hall, Animal Control and Public Works Operations. These network infrastructure improvements would bury existing fiber optic cable, lowering the risk of downed limbs severing network connections, and improve communication with the new fire stations and Police Headquarters. New buried fiber optic cable would be provided to other public safety related facilities, including Fire Station No. 2, and Harris Park Community Center and Longview Community Center, which serve as shelters during times of emergency need.

Print

Latest Press Releases

Lee’s Summit’s Big Truck & Equipment Show is Cancelled

Lee’s Summit’s Big Truck & Equipment Show is Cancelled

Due to the risk of severe weather, the City of Lee’s Summit has cancelled its Big Truck and Equipment Show, which was scheduled for May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall, 220 SE Green St. Safety is the City’s top priority. With lightning and strong winds in the forecast, the City does not want to risk putting guests and employees in potentially unsafe conditions. At this time, there is not a plan to reschedule the event. The City does plan to...
Big Truck and Equipment Show at Lee’s Summit City Hall
Big Truck and Equipment Show at Lee’s Summit City Hall

Big Truck and Equipment Show at Lee’s Summit City Hall

The City of Lee’s Summit is inviting the community to come out and take part in the Big Truck and Equipment Show on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall, 220 SE Green St. This free family-friendly event is a chance to explore some of the City’s biggest pieces of equipment. There will be no shortage of items to enjoy, for both kids and adults. Public Works will have its snow plows, street sweeper and various other pieces of equipment on...
Public Hearing and Review for Fair Housing Choice Analysis

Public Hearing and Review for Fair Housing Choice Analysis

The City of Lee’s Summit is inviting the public to provide feedback on an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice report before it is finalized and submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City is hosting a public hearing on May 8 at 4 p.m. in City Hall, 220 SE Green St. There will also be a public review and comment period from May 9 through June 10. There are a variety of ways for the public to submit their comments. Options...
Lee’s Summit District 4 Residents Invited to Open Forum
Lee’s Summit District 4 Residents Invited to Open Forum

Lee’s Summit District 4 Residents Invited to Open Forum

Councilmembers Bob Johnson and Fred DeMoro are inviting District 4 residents to take part in an open forum on May 16 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Arbor Room at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, 2100 SE Blue Pkwy. This event provides residents with an opportunity to talk with councilmembers and ask questions about City projects and services. District 4 residents are encouraged to attend. No registration is required and there is no cost to attend. Residents...
Lee’s Summit’s Resource Recovery Park Provides a Variety of Services

Lee’s Summit’s Resource Recovery Park Provides a Variety of Services

The City of Lee’s Summit has entered into an agreement with KC Dumpster Company to provide a variety of disposal services at the Resource Recovery Park, located at 2101 SE Hamblen Rd. Available disposal services include household trash, household hazardous waste, recycling, and yard and brush disposal. The Resource Recovery Park accepts household trash from residential customers for a fee. On-site employees are available to assist customers with unloading. A...
First313335Last