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Merriam voters renew 0.25% infrastructure sales tax

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 18:17:11-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nearly four of five Merriam voters signed off on renewing a 0.25% sales-tax increase, according to Johnson County Election Office results.

The Johnson County suburb had a mail-in ballot election to authorize continuing the sales tax, which is used to fund improvements to “streets, bridges and associated drainage,” according to the ballot language.

With a little more than 28% “voter turnout,” the proposal passed with 79.6% of voters — or 1,595 of the 2,005 who cast a ballot — signing off on keeping the sales tax in place.

The sales tax will be in effect for another 10 years. It’s now set to expire on Dec, 31, 2030.

According to the city, Merriam has collected this sales tax for 20 years and received 75% approval in 2010, the last time it was up for renewal.