Question 1: Vote to issue no tax increase general revenue bonds for convention centers, community centers, parks and pools by Tuesday, November 8th!
Question 1 asks Kansas City voters for permission for the City to issue general revenue bonds that will fund rehabilitating, expanding, and improving our convention centers and entertainment facilities.
Visit KC sees the progression of this important issue from City Council approval to the November ballot as a significant milestone and one that is essential to KC’s gradual economic recovery. As a whole, the meetings and conventions segment will be one of the last sectors of travel to recover post-pandemic.
Kansas City Convention & Entertainment Facilities deferred maintenance needs are reaching a critical stage. It is estimated that it will cost $45 million to complete various projects that are needed to preserve assets which are the foundation of Kansas City’s tourism industry. Each year Kansas City generates $3.4 billion in visitor spending, $389 million in local/state tax revenues, and puts more than 110,000 Kansas Citians to work.
Also, Question 1 will improve our parks system. The Kansas City Parks Department is more than 130 years old. The Department has 221 parks; 10,512 acres of parkland; 130 miles of roads; 194 miles of trails; 10 community centers; 48 fountains; 129 monuments & sculptures; 124 playgrounds; 18 lakes; 25 aquatic facilities; 126 baseball diamonds; 19 football fields; 76 basketball courts; 47 soccer fields; 95 tennis courts; 6 golf courses; 5 disc golf courses; 48 flagpoles and 72 picnic shelters.
Combined, these projects will:
- Rehabilitate, improve the Convention & Conference Center, The Music Hall, Exhibit Hall, The Little Theatre and The Municipal Arena.
- Improve Parks Department maintenance equipment, playground upgrades, trail completion, community centers, pools & aquatics, parks and athletic fields.