Leawood Village considers Sales Tax Before Mercy Finishes Comple - KOAM TV 7

Leawood Village considers Sales Tax Before Mercy Finishes Completion

 While crews continue to make progress on the new Mercy Hospital, leaders of neighboring Leawood Village worry about the future of their community. The community has proposed sales tax to help with the future expansion.
Marcia Long is a third generation resident of Leawood Village, Missouri. Marcia says her family owns a lot of open acres filled with forest in the village. But with the new Mercy Hospital being built right up against the village she wonders what it will mean for the future of her home.  

"We're very interested in keeping the village residential and I like trees and open space and I'm very interested in maintaining that aspect of the village," Marcia said.
The increase in traffic and growth predicted from Mercy is one reason the Village is asking voters to consider a new 7/8's sales tax for the community.
"We feel that this is going to put an increased stress on our roads and things like that we are going to have to have more money to build to maintain,"  said Denny Desmond, the Chairman of the Village Board of Trustees.

He says the Board sent out a survey to the 210 households in the Village; to get residents thoughts on a sales tax or property tax to help with the future costs. Out of a little over 90 responses, he says 70 percent were in favor of the sales tax.
"The sales tax itself won't be a burden on the residents like a property tax is," Desmond said.
There is currently only one commercial business in Leawood, a Kum And Go Gas Station located on South Rangeline Road. But Desmond thinks with things moving South on Rangeline, others may join.
"As things start to expand and the hospital gets in place, it seems logical that there would be some expansion on South Rangeline," he said.
And as for Marcia-she says if it were up to her she would want to keep development away from her village. But that with the increased traffic in Leawood's future-the tax will be needed to keep her roads safe and pot hole free.

"There are an awful lot of potholes in Joplin that haven't been filled up and we like to keep our roads free of those potholes," she said.

The proposed sales tax in Leawood Village is on the April 8th ballot. For more information, click here. 

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