Fate of Independence roads to rest in residents hands during Aug - KCTV5

Fate of Independence roads to rest in residents hands during August vote

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The half-cent sales tax generates approximately $8.7 million each year. (KCTV5) The half-cent sales tax generates approximately $8.7 million each year. (KCTV5)
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

Independence residents will soon be faced with the decision to renew a local sales tax, created to improve the city’s streets.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, residents will decide if the city's existing half-cent Streets Sales Tax should be renewed.

Earlier in 2017, the citizen Streets Sales Tax Renewal Evaluation Committee recommended seeking the renewal of this tax, which is the primary source of funding for the city's street maintenance efforts.

Since the tax was first approved in 1998, it has generated revenue to resurface more than 500 miles of road, improve streets and intersections, replace 18 bridges and provide matching funds for state and federal transportation grants.

The half-cent sales tax generates approximately $8.7 million each year.

If the tax is allowed to lapse, the city will not have adequate funds to keep up with the life-cycle maintenance of roads and bridges without significant budget cuts.

The last day for people to register to vote is Wednesday.

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