Voters decide on medical research tax, constitution question in Clay County

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Clay County Constitution:

Those in favor and those opposed to a new Clay County constitution made forceful appeals to voters.

The proposal failed by a wide margin, with nearly 63 percent of voters opposed.

If passed, the constitution would have meant the three-member commission would have become a new governing body of an elected chairperson and six other elected officials from separate districts.

Jackson County Medical Research tax:

Voters in parts of the area decided Tuesday they had no interest in a proposed tax increase to pay for medical research.

Nearly 85 percent voted no with just over 15 percent in favor of the tax.

Supporters urged passage of a half-cent sales tax to pay for translational medical research in Jackson County.

Those in favor of the new tax included officials from St. Luke's and Children's Mercy Hospital and UMKC.

Opponents claimed the tax would put an unfair burden on the poor and has no guarantee of success in developing medical breakthroughs.

Liberty schools tax levy:

The Liberty School District asked voters to approved a tax levy to help pay for a bevy of improvements to school buildings and improve technology and teaching in K-8.

The proposal passed by a 58.08 to 41.92 percent margin.

Blue Springs Parks sales tax:

City officials in Blue Springs want to spruce up parks and asked for half-cent sales tax to pay for millions in upgrades to parks, playgrounds and other recreational facilities.

The measure failed 54.76 percent to 45.24 percent.

PWSD No. 13 waterworks system revenue bonds

Yes - 735

No - 438

Weston Road bonds:

Yes - 201

No - 46

Mosby Infrastructure Sales Tax

No - 35

Yes - 30

Cameron, Mo. Ambulance District

Yes - 297

No - 157


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